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Integrating cognitive (neuro)science using mechanisms

Miłkowski, Marcin (2016) Integrating cognitive (neuro)science using mechanisms. AVANT. The Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard, VII (2). pp. 45-67. ISSN 20826710

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Abstract

In this paper, an account of theoretical integration in cognitive (neuro)science from the mechanistic perspective is defended. It is argued that mechanistic patterns of integration can be better understood in terms of constraints on representations of mechanisms, not just on the space of possible mechanisms, as previous accounts of integration had it. This way, integration can be analyzed in more detail with the help of constraint-satisfaction
account of coherence between scientific representations. In particular, the account has resources to talk of idealizations and research heuristics employed by researchers to combine separate results and theoretical frameworks. The account is subsequently applied to an example of successful integration in the research on hippocampus and memory, and to a failure of integration in the research on mirror neurons as purportedly explanatory of sexual orientation.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Miłkowski, Marcin0000-0001-7646-5742
Keywords: integration, unification, mechanistic explanation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. Marcin Miłkowski
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2019 02:07
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2019 02:07
Item ID: 15560
Journal or Publication Title: AVANT. The Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.26913/70202016.0112.0003
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.26913/70202016.0112.0003
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Date: 2016
Page Range: pp. 45-67
Volume: VII
Number: 2
ISSN: 20826710
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15560

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