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Pluralistic Mechanism

Wajnerman Paz, Abel (2017) Pluralistic Mechanism. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 32 (2). pp. 161-175. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

An argument recently proposed by Chirimuuta (2014) seems to motivate the rejection of the claims that every neurocognitive phenomenon can have a mechanistic explanation and that every neurocognitive explanation is mechanistic. In this paper, I focus on efficient coding models involving the so-called “canonical neural computations” and argue that although they imply some form of pluralism, they are compatible with two mechanistic generalizations: all neurocognitive explanations are (at least in part) mechanistic; and all neurocognitive phenomena that have an explanation have (at least) a purely mechanistic explanation.


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Wajnerman Paz, Abelabelwajnerman@gmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: pluralism, mechanism, optimality, neural computation, neural coding
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 14:15
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 14:15
Item ID: 13130
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.16877
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Date: May 2017
Page Range: pp. 161-175
Volume: 32
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13130

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