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A teleologia na biologia contemporanea

DOI: 10.1590/S1678-31662003000200004

Keywords: teleology, finalism, biology, function, reductionism.

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the status of teleological thought in contemporary biology entails controversy. the supporters of the reductionist programme in biology strive to eliminate it, whereas instrumental and realist interpretations of the problem seek a justification for its permanence. this article tries to defend the reasons for the permanence of teleological thought, particularly those of realist background.

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