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Life-Functional Theories Of Life, Fred Feldman Jan 1992

Life-Functional Theories Of Life, Fred Feldman

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Many philosophers and biologists have attempted to explain what “alive” means. According to one family of accounts, we can explain the meaning of “alive” in terms of life-functions. This paper discusses this family of views. It is argued that the life-functional analyses of life are unsuccessful.