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Towards the Methodological Turn in the Philosophy of Science

  • Hsiang-Ke ChaoEmail author
  • Szu-Ting Chen
  • Roberta L. Millstein
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Part of the History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences book series (HPTL, volume 3)

Abstract

This chapter provides an introduction to the study of the philosophical notions of mechanisms and causality in biology and economics. This chapter sets the stage for this volume in three ways. First, it gives a broad review of the recent changes and current state of the study of mechanisms and causality in the philosophy of science. Second, consistent with a recent trend in the philosophy of science to focus on scientific practices, it in turn implies the importance of studying the scientific methods employed by researchers. Finally, by way of providing an overview of each chapter in the volume, this chapter demonstrates that biology and economics are two fertile fields for the philosophy of science and shows how biological and economic mechanisms and causality can be synthesized.

Keywords

Causal Structure Social Mechanism Evolutionary Game Theory Economic Mechanism Causal Relevance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hsiang-Ke Chao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Szu-Ting Chen
    • 2
  • Roberta L. Millstein
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNational Tsing Hua UniversityHsinchuTaiwan
  2. 2.Graduate Institute of PhilosophyNational Tsing Hua UniversityHsinchuTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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