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Brigitte Falkenburg and Gregor Schiemann (Eds.): Mechanistic Explanations in Physics and Beyond (European Studies in Philosophy of Science)

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    Kuhlmann is not the first to make this general point, though. “Structural mechanism” is very close to what Kuorikoski (2009) calls “mechanism as abstract form of interaction” in contrast to mechanisms as componential causal systems. Also Bechtel and Richardson (2010) discuss mechanisms where interactions between components are more important than the intrinsic features of the components.

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    Craver (2007) does propose an interventionist criterion of explanatory relevance, but interventionism has problems of its own (Franklin-Hall 2016).


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Parkkinen, VP. Brigitte Falkenburg and Gregor Schiemann (Eds.): Mechanistic Explanations in Physics and Beyond (European Studies in Philosophy of Science). J Gen Philos Sci 51, 631–635 (2020).

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