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Are higher mechanistic levels causally autonomous?

Fazekas, Peter and Kertesz, Gergely (2018) Are higher mechanistic levels causally autonomous? In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper provides a detailed analysis and explores the prospects of the arguments for higher-level causal autonomy available for the proponents of the mechanistic framework. Three different arguments (a context- based, an organisation-based, and a constraint-based) are distinguished. After clarifying previously raised worries with regard to the first two arguments, the paper focuses on the newest version of the third argument that has recently been revived by William Bechtel. By using Bechtel’s own case study, it is shown that not even reference to constraints can establish the causal autonomy of higher mechanistic levels.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Fazekas, Peterfazekas.peter@gmail.com
Kertesz, Gergelyrumcais@gmail.com
Keywords: Mechanistic explanation; causal closure; causal autonomy; higher levels
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Dr. Peter Fazekas
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 01:16
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2018 01:16
Item ID: 15241
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15241

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