In general functions are implemented in mechanisms and functional explanations in biology have often an essential relation with natural selection these two basic claims set the stage for this books coverage of investigations concerning both functional explanations and the metaphysics of functions. 295173 functions selection and mechanisms synthese library the mab discovery platform relies on the broad natural immune response and antibody maturation of wild type rabbits combined with b cell cloning a. Paris i sorbonne which addressed philosophical issues about functions in the framework of two funded projects cnrs and anr entitled functions and func tional expla nations in biomedical sciences. Biological functions are causally relevant to the existence or maintenance of traits via the mechanism of natural selection functional claims in biology are fully grounded in natural selection and are not derivative of psychological uses of notions such as design intention and purpose. Function selection and construction in the brain garson justin 2012 05 24 000000 a common misunderstanding of the selected effects theory of function is that natural selection operating over an evolutionary time scale is the only function bestowing process in the natural world this construal of the selected effects theory conflicts with
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