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A physicalist account of multiple realizability in the special sciences

Hemmo, Meir and Shenker, Orly R. (2016) A physicalist account of multiple realizability in the special sciences. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Multiple realizability seems to be empirically justified and provides the conceptual basis for the autonomy of the special sciences. But it is mysterious. In this talk I propose a new reductionist approach to the special sciences that removes the mystery: I explain why the special sciences kinds appear to be multiply realized although they are identical with physical kinds and in what sense the special sciences kinds and laws are autonomous although they are physical laws. This approach is based on the approach by Hemmo & Shenker (2012) to the reduction of thermodynamics to statistical mechanics.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Hemmo, Meirmeir@research.haifa.ac.il
Shenker, Orly R.orly.shenker@mail.huji.ac.il
Keywords: multiple realizability, reduction, physicalism, identity, special sciences,
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Dr Orly Shenker
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2016 16:09
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2016 16:09
Item ID: 12619
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 6 November 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12619

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