What is a mechanism? Thinking about mechanisms across the sciences

Illari, Phyllis and Williamson, Jon (2012) What is a mechanism? Thinking about mechanisms across the sciences. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 2 (1). pp. 119-135. ISSN 1879-4912. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13194-011-0038-2

Abstract

After a decade of intense debate about mechanisms, there is still no consensus characterization. In this paper we argue for a characterization that applies widely to mechanisms across the sciences. We examine and defend our disagreements with the major current contenders for characterizations of mechanisms. Ultimately, we indicate that the major contenders can all sign up to our characterization.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Mechanism; Explanation; MDC; Glennan; Bechtel; Astrophysical mechanism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Philosophy
Depositing User: Jon Williamson
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2012 09:11
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 15:44
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29935 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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