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The Causal Situationist Account of Constitutive Relevance

Prychitko, Emily (2019) The Causal Situationist Account of Constitutive Relevance. [Preprint]

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Abstract

An epistemic account of constitutive relevance lists the criteria by which scientists can identify the components of mechanisms in empirical practice. Three prominent claims from Craver (2007) form a promising basis for an account. First, constitutive relevance is established by means of interlevel experiments. Second, interlevel experiments are executions of interventions. Third, there is no interlevel causation between a mechanism and its components. Currently, no account on offer respects all three claims. I offer my causal situationist account of constitutive relevance that respects the claims. By situating a part of a mechanism on the causal chain between the mechanism’s input and output, components can be identified with interventions, without the interventions suggesting interlevel causation. The causal situationist account is the only account on offer so far that clearly fits within Craver’s (2007) framework.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Prychitko, Emilyeprychi@wustl.edu
Keywords: mechanistic explanation; constitutive relevance; interventionism; interlevel causation
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Ms. Emily Prychitko
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2019 04:53
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2019 04:54
Item ID: 15794
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02170-4
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Date: 4 March 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15794

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