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Are Systems Neuroscience Explanations Mechanistic?

Zednik, Carlos (2014) Are Systems Neuroscience Explanations Mechanistic? In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Whereas most branches of neuroscience are thought to provide mechanistic explanations, systems neuroscience is not. Two reasons are traditionally cited in support of this conclusion. First, systems neuroscientists rarely, if ever, rely on the dual strategies of decomposition and localization. Second, they typically emphasize organizational properties over the properties of individual components. In this paper, I argue that neither reason is conclusive: researchers might rely on alternative strategies for mechanism discovery, and focusing on organization is often appropriate and consistent with the norms of mechanistic explanation. Thus, many explanations in systems neuroscience can also be viewed as mechanistic explanations.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Zednik, Carlosczednik@uos.de
Keywords: Mechanistic explanation; systems neuroscience; networks; simulation; complexity; organization.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Dr. Carlos Zednik
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 14:50
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:50
Item ID: 10859
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Date: 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10859

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