Title
Three problems for the mutual manipulability account of constitutive relevance in mechanisms Three problems for the mutual manipulability account of constitutive relevance in mechanisms
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Philosophy
History
Source (journal)
The British journal for the philosophy of science. - London
Volume/pages
63(2012) :2 , p. 399-427
ISSN
0007-0882
ISI
000303603600007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
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.
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