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Novel Explanation in the Special Sciences: Lessons from physics

Knox, Eleanor (2017) Novel Explanation in the Special Sciences: Lessons from physics. [Preprint]

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This paper aims to understand how recent discussion of novel and robust behaviour in physics might be applied in biology and other special sciences. In particular, it looks at the prospects for extending an account of novel explanation to biological examples. Despite the differences in the disciplines, the prospects look good, at least when we look at a biological example in which a certain kind of reduction is possible.


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Knox, Eleanoreleanor.knox@kcl.ac.uk0000-0003-1769-5809
Keywords: Novel Explanation, Emergence, Reduction, Neural networks, normal modes, change of variables
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Dr Eleanor Knox
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 13:48
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 13:48
Item ID: 13406
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: February 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13406

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