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A Causal-Role Account of Ecological Role Functions

Morrow, Katie H. (2022) A Causal-Role Account of Ecological Role Functions. [Preprint]

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I develop an account of ecological role functions—the functions of species within ecosystems—which is informed by alternative regime phenomena in ecology. My account is a causal-role theory which includes a counterfactual sensitivity condition. The account tracks and explains a distinction ecologists make between functions and various activities which are not functions. My counterfactual sensitivity condition resolves the liberality problem often attributed to causal-role theories of function, while also illuminating the explanatory centrality of role functions within ecology.


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Morrow, Katie H.katherine.morrow@uni-bielefeld.de0000-0002-4126-8121
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Depositing User: Dr. Katie H. Morrow
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2022 13:51
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2022 13:51
Item ID: 21398
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21398

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