References on mechanistic explanations and model-based science

February 6, 2007

Mechanistic explanations 

  • Bechtel, W., & Abrahamsen, A. (2005). Explanation: A mechanist alternative. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 36(2), 421-441.
  • Craver, C. F. (2001). Role functions, mechanisms, and hierarchy. Philosophy of Science, 68, 53-74.
  • Craver, C. F. (2002). Interlevel experiments and multilevel mechanisms in the neuroscience of memory. Philosophy of Science, 69, S83–S97.
  • Machamer, P., Darden, L., & Craver, C. F. (2000). Thinking about mechanisms. Philosophy of Science, 67,Von Eckardt, B., & Poland, J. S. (2004). Mechanism and explanation in cognitive neuroscience. Philosophy of Science, 71, 972-984.

Causal explanations:

  • Salmon, W. C. (1984). Scientific explanation and the causal structure of the world. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
  • Salmon, W. C. (1998). Causality and explanation. New York: Oxford University Press.

 Model-based explanations:

Cartwright, N. (1989). Nature’s capacities and their measurement. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Cartwright, N. (1999). The dappled world : A study of the boundaries of science. Cambridge, UK New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Giere, R. N. (1999). Science without laws. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Giere, R. N. (2004). How models are used to represent reality. Philosophy of Science, 71(5), 742-752.
Godfrey-Smith, P. (2005). Folk psychology as a model. Philosophers’ Imprint, 5(6).
Humphreys, P. (1995). Computational science and scientific method. Minds and Machines, 5(4), 499.
Humphreys, P. (2004). Extending ourselves : Computational science, empiricism, and scientific method. New York: Oxford University Press.
Morgan, M. S., & Morrison, M. (1999). Models as mediators : Perspectives on natural and social sciences. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.
Wimsatt, W. C. (1987). False models as a means to truer theories. In M. Nitecki & A. Hoffmann (Eds.), Neutral models in biology (pp. 23-55). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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