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Towards Mechanism 2.0: Expanding the Scope of Mechanistic Explanation

Levy, Arnon and Bechtel, William (2016) Towards Mechanism 2.0: Expanding the Scope of Mechanistic Explanation. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Accounts of mechanistic explanation, especially as applied to biology and sometimes going under the heading of “new mechanism,” provided an attractive alternative to nomological accounts that preceded them. These accounts were motivated by selected examples, drawn primarily from cell and molecular biology and neuroscience. However, the range of examples that scientists take to be mechanistic explanations is far broader. We focus on examples that differ from those traditionally recruited by Mechanists. Our contention is that attention to additional examples will lead to a richer conception of mechanistic explanation, prompting a shift from what we refer to as Mechanism 1.0 to Mechanism 2.0.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Levy, Arnonarnondor@gmail.com
Bechtel, Williambechtel@ucsd.edu
Keywords: mechanistic explanation; mechanism boundaries; mechanism parts; mechanism organization
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Professor William Bechtel
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 12:56
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 12:56
Item ID: 12567
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Date: 29 October 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12567

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