Mechanisms are real and local

Citation data:

Causality in the Sciences, Page: 818-844

Publication Year:
2011
Usage 26
Downloads 26
Captures 27
Readers 27
Social Media 1
Tweets 1
Citations 9
Citation Indexes 9
Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13291
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574131.003.0038
Author(s):
Phyllis Mc Kay Illari, Jon Williamson
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press (OUP)
Tags:
Mathematics
Most Recent Tweet View All Tweets
book chapter description
Mechanisms have become much-discussed, yet there is still no consensus on how to characterize them. This chapter starts with something everyone is agreed on-that mechanisms explain-and investigate what constraints this imposes on our metaphysics of mechanisms. The chapter examines two widely shared premises about how to understand mechanistic explanation: (1) that mechanistic explanation offers a welcome alternative to traditional laws-based explanation and (2) that there are two senses of mechanistic explanation that the chapter calls 'epistemic explanation' and 'physical explanation'. The chapter argues that mechanistic explanation requires that mechanisms are both real and local. The chapter then goes on to argue that real, local mechanisms require a broadly active metaphysics for mechanisms, such as a capacities metaphysics.

This book chapter has 0 Wikipedia mention.