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Analyse & Kritik

Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory

Ed. by Baurmann, Michael / Leist, Anton / Tranow, Ulf

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Volume 24, Issue 1


On Having a Function and Having a Good

Peter McLaughlin
Published Online: 2016-05-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-2002-0107


One result of recent discussions on the notion of function is that the appeal to the function of something in order to explain why it is there and what it is, presupposes (willingly or not) that some system particularly relevant to the function bearer has a good. Some recent analyses of what it means to have a good trace having a good back to having a function. Two such attempts are examined and compared to a more traditional analysis. An anachronistic version of Aristotle, involving the self-production of the beneficiary, is recommended as a better starting point for a naturalistic reconstruction of the subject of benefit.

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Published Online: 2016-05-14

Published in Print: 2002-05-01

Citation Information: Analyse & Kritik, Volume 24, Issue 1, Pages 130–143, ISSN (Online) 2365-9858, ISSN (Print) 0171-5860, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-2002-0107.

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