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Mechanisms meet Structural Explanation

Felline, Laura (2015) Mechanisms meet Structural Explanation. [Preprint]

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This paper investigates the relationship between Structural Explanation and the New Mechanistic account of explanation. The aim of this paper is twofold: firstly, to argue that some phenomena in the domain of fundamental physics, although mechanically brute, are structurally explained; and secondly, by elaborating on the contrast between SE and ME, to better clarify some features of SE. Finally, this paper will argue that, notwithstanding their apparently antithetical character, SE and ME can be reconciled within a unified account of general scientific explanation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Felline, Laurafellinelaura@gmail.com
Keywords: Structural Explanation, Mechanistic Explanation, Epistemic Conception of Explanation, Special Relativity, Quantum Theory, Fundamental Phenomena, Glennan
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: laura felline
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2015 15:19
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2015 15:19
Item ID: 11417
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: February 2015
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11417

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