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The scepticism towards teleology in the natural sciences may give the impression that all reference to agency and goals in evolutionary explanations just is convenient short-hand. Here, I suggest that agential concepts may in fact serve several distinct epistemic functions. Firstly, the gene's-eye view demonstrates that agential concepts can promote the intelligibility of evolutionary theories, thereby facilitating the application of those theories to explain natural phenomena. Secondly,doi:10.31219/osf.io/49qrs fatcat:6e6yxxp275d3xbcnide5ktpqvy