Intervals of quasi-decompositionality and mechanistic explanations
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dc.contributor.author Cáceres, Emilio es
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-02T09:49:35Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-02T09:49:35Z
dc.date.issued 2019 es
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/70661
dc.description.abstract It is commonly assumed that the concept of mechanism is a keytool for the scientific understanding of observable phenomena. However, there is no single definition of mechanism in the current philosophy of science. In fact, philosophers have developed several characterizations of what seemed to be a clear intuitive concept for scientists. In this paper, I will analyze these philosophical conceptions of mechanism, highlighting their problematic aspects and proposing a new mechanistic approach based on the idea that the pertinent levels of organization for a mechanistic explanation can be identified with intervals of quasi-decompositionality. I argue that this approach allows us to consider that activities are directly derived from the entities? structure. Consequently, a mechanistic explanation implies an arbitrary but not capricious choice of an organizational level. According to this approach, inter-level causation is merely apparent and there is no place for emergent properties. Keywords: mechanisms, emergent properties, quasi-decompositionality, systems. es
dc.source Cáceres, Emilio. Intervals of quasi-decompositionality and mechanistic explanations. En: Quaderns de filosofia, 6 1 2019: 15-27 es
dc.title Intervals of quasi-decompositionality and mechanistic explanations es
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion en
dc.subject.unesco UNESCO::FILOSOFÍA es
dc.identifier.doi 10.7203/qfia.6.1.14822 es

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