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La ciencia de lo sustentable: razón de ser del discurso funcional en ecología

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Author(s): Gustavo Caponi

Journal: Principia : an International Journal of Epistemology
ISSN 1414-4247

Volume: 14;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 349;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Design | function | functional imputation | ideal of natural order | privileged state

ABSTRACT
The main cognitive target of Ecology is the functional analysis of the ecological processes and systems. It does not suppose, meanwhile, that these processes and systems are designed systems and processes like individual leaving beings. The Ecology, likewise Physiology, is constitutively guided by the presupposition of a privileged state, to be explained, that it is the persistence of the systems and processes that she studied; and its functional analyses obey to this presupposition. Ecology supposes an ideal of natural order, under which consideration this privileged state is thinking as an improbable state of things and, for that, needed of explanation; and, in what concerns this latter point, the analogy between Ecology and Physiology can also result instructive.
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