Publication
Title
Three problems for the mutual manipulability account of constitutive relevance in mechanisms
Author
Abstract
In this article, I present two conceptual problems for Craver's mutual manipulability account of constitutive relevance in mechanisms. First, constitutive relevance threatens to imply causal relevance despite Craver (and Bechtel)'s claim that they are strictly distinct. Second, if (as is intuitively appealing) parthood is defined in terms of spatio-temporal inclusion, then the mutual manipulability account is prone to counter-examples, as I show by a case of endosymbiosis. I also present a methodological problem (a case of experimental underdetermination) and formulate two partial, but fallible solutions based on the notions of parthood and synchronicity.
Language
English
Source (journal)
The British journal for the philosophy of science. - London
Publication
London : 2012
ISSN
0007-0882
Volume/pages
63:2(2012), p. 399-427
ISI
000303603600007
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Publication type
Subject
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 19.02.2014
Last edited 26.06.2017