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Mechanisms, resources, and background conditions

Klein, Colin


Distinguishing mechanistic components from mere causally relevant background conditions remains a difficulty for mechanistic accounts of explanation. By distinguishing resources from mechanical parts, I argue that we can more effectively draw this boundary. Further, the distinction makes obvious that there are distinctive resource explanations which are not captured by a traditional part-based mechanistic account. While this suggests a straightforward extension of the mechanistic model, I argue...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology and Philosophy
DOI: 10.1007/s10539-018-9646-y


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