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Thinking about Mechanisms

Peter Machamer, Lindley Darden and Carl F. Craver
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 67, No. 1 (Mar., 2000), pp. 1-25
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/188611
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

The concept of mechanism is analyzed in terms of entities and activities, organized such that they are productive of regular changes. Examples show how mechanisms work in neurobiology and molecular biology. Thinking in terms of mechanisms provides a new framework for addressing many traditional philosophical issues: causality, laws, explanation, reduction, and scientific change.

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