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Mechanisms in Cognitive Science

Zednik, Carlos (2017) Mechanisms in Cognitive Science. [Preprint]

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This chapter subsumes David Marr’s levels of analysis account of explanation in cognitive science under the framework of mechanistic explanation: Answering the questions that define each one of Marr’s three levels is tantamount to describing the component parts and operations of mechanisms, as well as their organization, behavior, and environmental context. By explicating these questions and showing how they are answered in several different cognitive science research programs, this chapter resolves some of the ambiguities that remain in Marr’s account, and shows that many different areas and traditions of cognitive scientific research can be unified under the mechanistic framework.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Zednik, Carloscarlos.zednik@ovgu.de
Keywords: Cognitive science, Levels of analysis, Mechanistic explanation, Realization
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Carlos Zednik
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 15:51
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 15:51
Item ID: 12612
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12612

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