Finding Purpose in Life

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Science  14 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5379, pp. 927
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5379.927

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Nature's Purposes Analyses of Function and Design in Biology. Colin Allen, Marc Bekoff, and George Lauder, Eds. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1998. 603 pp. $55. ISBN 0-262-01168-9. Paper, $30. ISBN 0-262-51097-9

A collection of papers on the nature and functions of teleology in biology. Most were written for philosophical journals, and this convenient compilation is likely to be more useful for philosophers and students than for practicing biologists.