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Towards Mechanism 2.1: A Dynamic Causal Approach

Fang, Wei (2020) Towards Mechanism 2.1: A Dynamic Causal Approach. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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I propose a dynamic causal approach to characterizing the notion of a mechanism. Levy and Bechtel, among others, have pointed out several critical limitations of the new mechanical philosophy, and pointed in a new direction to extend this philosophy. Nevertheless, they have not fully fleshed out what that extended philosophy would look like. Based on a closer look at neuroscientific practice, I propose that a mechanism is a dynamic causal system that involves various components interacting, typically nonlinearly, with one another to produce a phenomenon of interest.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Fang, Weiwesleyfang@outlook.com0000000198560599
Keywords: mechanism; dynamic; causal; models and modeling; neuroscience
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Dr. Wei Fang
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 02:08
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 02:08
Item ID: 17435
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17435

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