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.
"Life-Functional Theories of Life,"
Philosophic Exchange: Vol. 23
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/phil_ex/vol23/iss1/2