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In Defense of Methodological Mechanism: The Case of Apoptosis

Ioannidis, Stavros and Psillos, Stathis (2017) In Defense of Methodological Mechanism: The Case of Apoptosis. Axiomathes. ISSN 1572-8390

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This paper advances the thesis of methodological mechanism, the claim that to be committed to mechanism is to adopt a certain methodological postulate, i.e. to look for causal pathways for the phenomena of interest. We argue that methodological mechanism incorporates a minimal account of understanding mechanisms, according to which a mechanism just is a causal pathway described in the language of theory. In order to argue for this position we discuss a central example of a biological mechanism, the mechanism of cell death, known as apoptosis. We argue that this example shows that our philosophically de?lationary account is sufficient in order to have an illuminating account of mechanisms as the concept is used in biology.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Ioannidis, Stavrossioannidis@phs.uoa.gr
Psillos, Stathispsillos@phs.uoa.gr
Keywords: Mechanism; Methodology; Causation; Causal pathways of apoptosis; Cell death
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Dr. Stavros Ioannidis
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 15:52
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 15:52
Item ID: 14119
Journal or Publication Title: Axiomathes
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10516-0...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10516-017-9354-2
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2017
ISSN: 1572-8390
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14119

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