Illari, P. and Williamson, J. (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.
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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.
|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:||27 Jul 2012 09:39|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29935 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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