What is a Mechanism? Thinking about mechanisms across the sciences

Phyllis McKay Illari, Jon Williamson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-135
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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