Mechanistic and topological explanations: an introduction

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Synthese, ISSN: 1573-0964

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Kostic, Daniel
Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
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In the last twenty years or so, since the publication of a seminal paper by Watts and Storgatz (1998), an interest in topological explanations has spread like a wild fire over many areas of science, e.g. ecology, evolutionary biology, medicine, and cognitive neuroscience. The aim of this special issue is to discuss the relationship between mechanistic and topological approaches to explanation and their prospects.