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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.

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Abstract

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
DOI:10.1007/s13194-011-0038-2
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies

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