The New Mechanical Philosophy by Stuart GlennanThe New Mechanical Philosophy by Stuart Glennan

The New Mechanical Philosophy

byStuart Glennan

Hardcover | September 19, 2017

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The New Mechanical Philosophy argues for a new image of nature and of science - one that understands both natural and social phenomena to be the product of mechanisms, and that casts the work of science as an effort to discover and understand those mechanisms. Drawing on an expandingliterature on mechanisms in physical, life, and social sciences, Stuart Glennan offers an account of the nature of mechanisms and of the models used to represent them. A key quality of mechanisms is that they are particulars - located at different places and times, with no one just like another. Thecrux of the scientist's challenge is to balance the complexity and particularity of mechanisms with our need for representations of them that are abstract and general.This volume weaves together metaphysical and methodological questions about mechanisms. Metaphysically, it explores the implications of the mechanistic framework for our understanding of classical philosophical questions about the nature of objects, properties, processes, events, causal relations,natural kinds and laws of nature. Methodologically, the book explores how scientists build models to represent and understand phenomena and the mechanisms responsible for them. Using this account of representation, Glennan offers a scheme for characterizing the enormous diversity of things thatscientists call mechanisms, and explores the scope and limits of mechanistic explanation.
Stuart Glennan is the Harry T. Ice Professor of Philosophy at Butler University, and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Glennan's research has centered on topics in the philosophy of science - especially causation, explanation, modelling and the concept of mechanism. He has also written on science education and...
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Title:The New Mechanical PhilosophyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198779712

ISBN - 13:9780198779711

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Table of Contents

1. What is the New Mechanical Philosophy?2. Mechanisms3. Models, Mechanisms and How-Explanations4. Mechanisms, Models and Kinds5. Types of Mechanisms6. Mechanisms and Causation7. Production and Relevance8. Explanation: Mechanistic and Otherwise