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The Hodgkin-Huxley Model, Explanatory Force and Explanatory Aims

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Abstract

The Hodgkin-Huxley model is a hugely influential mathematical model in the field of neuroscience and electrophysiology. The explanatory status of the model has been discussed by Carl Craver and Arnon Levy in their publications (Craver, 2006), (Craver, 2007), (Craver, 2008), (Levy, 2013). While Craver argues that the model is a mechanism sketch and hence is a deficient explanation, Levy argues that the model is an aggregative abstraction and hence is not explanatorily deficient. I compare their arguments and then explore the questions of what an adequate explanation is in neuroscience and what carries their explanatory force. Then I suggest that an answer could be found when we turn towards talk of explanatory aims.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Singam, Kaameshkaameshsingam@gmail.com0000-0002-6371-9608
Keywords: explanation, mechanism, models, abstraction
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Molecular Neuroscience
Depositing User: Mr. Kaamesh Singam
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2022 13:02
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2022 13:02
Item ID: 20940
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Molecular Neuroscience
Date: 19 July 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20940

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