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In Defense of Proper Functions

Ruth Garrett Millikan
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 56, No. 2 (Jun., 1989), pp. 288-302
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/187875
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In Defense of Proper Functions
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Abstract

I defend the historical definition of "function" originally given in my Language, Thought and Other Biological Categories (1984a). The definition was not offered in the spirit of conceptual analysis but is more akin to a theoretical definition of "function". A major theme is that nonhistorical analyses of "function" fail to deal adequately with items that are not capable of performing their functions.

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