Does Darwinian evolutionary explanation banish all or vindicate some teleological thinking? In From Bacteria to Bach and Back I raised this question and went on to observe:
Not only is a death blow dealt here for the first time to ‘Teleology’ in the natural sciences but their rational meaning is empirically explained. (1861)
It is of course open to defend an intermediate position that forbids certain teleological excesses but licenses more staid and circumscribed varieties of talk about functions, and philosophers have devised a variety of such views. My informal sense is that many...
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