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Did the bacterium really kill the colonel? Systemic view, inter-level causation, and levels of quasi-decompositionality in mechanistic explanations

Cáceres Vázquez, Emilio and Saborido, Cristian (2018) Did the bacterium really kill the colonel? Systemic view, inter-level causation, and levels of quasi-decompositionality in mechanistic explanations. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 33 (1). pp. 129-148. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

In this paper, we critically analyze the mechanicist approach to scientific explanation and propose to complement this view with a conception of level as interval of quasi-decompositionality. This conception allows us to metaphysically base the mechanicist proposals on characteristic systemic features. By means of concrete examples, we claim that this proposal is able to overcome some of the alleged limitations of predominant models of mechanistic explanation.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Cáceres Vázquez, Emilioemiliocaceres@epifumi.com
Saborido, Cristiancristian.saborido@fsof.uned.es
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Mechanicism, scientific explanation, intervals of quasi-decompositionality, causality, systemic view.
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2018 21:28
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 21:28
Item ID: 14470
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.18295
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: January 2018
Page Range: pp. 129-148
Volume: 33
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14470

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