New Mechanistic Explanation and the Need for Explanatory Constraints

In Ken Aizawa & Carl Gillett (eds.), Scientific Composition and Metaphysical Ground. Palgrave. pp. 41-74 (2016)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
This paper critiques the new mechanistic explanatory program on grounds that, even when applied to the kinds of examples that it was originally designed to treat, it does not distinguish correct explanations from those that blunder. First, I offer a systematization of the explanatory account, one according to which explanations are mechanistic models that satisfy three desiderata: they must 1) represent causal relations, 2) describe the proper parts, and 3) depict the system at the right ‘level.’ Second, I argue that even the most developed attempts to fulfill these desiderata fall short by failing to appropriately constrain explanatorily apt mechanistic models. *This paper used to be called "The Emperor's New Mechanisms"
PhilPapers/Archive ID
FRATEN
Revision history
First archival date: 2014-07-08
Latest version: 2 (2015-09-01)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Grounding-Mechanical Explanation.Kelly Trogdon - 2018 - Philosophical Studies 175 (6):1289-1309.

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2012-03-02

Total views
682 ( #2,793 of 38,085 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
32 ( #12,048 of 38,085 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.