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What is a mechanism? Thinking about mechanisms across the sciences

Illari, PM; Williamson, J; (2012) What is a mechanism? Thinking about mechanisms across the sciences. European Journal for Philosophy of Science , 2 (1) 119 - 135. 10.1007/s13194-011-0038-2. Green open access


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After a decade of intense debate about mechanisms, there is still no consensus characterization. In this paper we argue for a characterization that applies widely to mechanisms across the sciences. We examine and defend our disagreements with the major current contenders for characterizations of mechanisms. Ultimately, we indicate that the major contenders can all sign up to our characterization. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011.

Type: Article
Title: What is a mechanism? Thinking about mechanisms across the sciences
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s13194-011-0038-2
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13194-011-0038-2
Language: English
Additional information: © 2012 IEEE. Personal use of this material (accepted version) is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1370008
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