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Mechanistic explanations and components of social mechanisms

Pérez-González, Saúl (2020) Mechanistic explanations and components of social mechanisms. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 10 (35). ISSN 1879-4912

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The past two decades have witnessed an increase in interest in social mechanisms and mechanistic explanations of social macro-phenomena. This paper addresses the question of what the components of social mechanisms in mechanistic explanations of social macro-phenomena must be. Analytical sociology’s initial position and the main new proposals by analytical sociologists are discussed. It is argued that all of them are faced with outstanding difficulties. Subsequently, a minimal requirement regarding the components of social mechanisms is introduced. It is held that a component of a social mechanism in a mechanistic explanation of a social macro-phenomenon must not have the explanandum phenomenon as a part of it.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Pérez-González, Saúlsaul.perez@uv.es0000-0001-9594-9558
Keywords: mechanism; scientific explanation; analytical sociology; structural individualism.
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dr. Saúl Pérez-González
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2020 21:15
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 21:15
Item ID: 18003
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13194-0...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-020-00300-1
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 2020
Volume: 10
Number: 35
ISSN: 1879-4912
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18003

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