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Marrying the merits of Nagelian reduction and functional reduction

Esfeld, Michael and Sachse, Christian and Soom, Patrice (2011) Marrying the merits of Nagelian reduction and functional reduction. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This paper points out the merit of Nagelian reduction, namely to propose a model of inter-theoretic reduction that retains the scientific quality of the reduced theory, and the merit of functional reduction, namely to take multiple realization into account and to offer reductive explanations. By considering Lewis’ and Kim’s proposal for local reductions, we establish that functional reduction fails to achieve a theory reduction and cannot retain the scientific quality of the reduced theory. We improve on that proposal by showing how one can build functional sub-types that are coextensive with physical realizer types and thereby obtain a theory reduction that is explanatory and that vindicates the scientific quality of the special sciences.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: bridge principles, functional reduction, multiple realization, Nagelian reduction, theory reduction
    Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Depositing User: Michael Esfeld
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 16:46
    Last Modified: 03 Aug 2011 16:46
    Item ID: 8742
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8742

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