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Thinking about Mechanisms
The concept of mechanism is analyzed in terms of entities and activities, organized such that they are productive of regular changes. Examples show how mechanisms work in neurobiology and molecularExpand
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Explaining the Brain: Mechanisms and the Mosaic Unity of Neuroscience
Preface Chapter 1. Introduction: Starting With Neuroscience 1 Introduction 2 Explanations in Neuroscience Describe Mechanisms. 3 Explanations in Neuroscience are Multilevel 4 Explanations inExpand
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When mechanistic models explain
  • C. Craver
  • Psychology, Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • 3 November 2006
We use the Hodgkin and Huxley model of the action potential to show that models can be useful without explaining. Expand
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Role Functions, Mechanisms, and Hierarchy
  • C. Craver
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 1 March 2001
Many areas of science develop by discovering mechanisms and role functions. Cummins' (1975) analysis of role functions-according to which an item's role function is a capacity of that item thatExpand
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Top-down Causation Without Top-down Causes
We argue that intelligible appeals to interlevel causes (top-down and bottom-up) can be understood, without remainder, as appeals to mechanistically mediated effects. Mechanistically mediated effectsExpand
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The Explanatory Force of Dynamical and Mathematical Models in Neuroscience: A Mechanistic Perspective*
We argue that dynamical and mathematical models in systems and cognitive neuroscience explain (rather than redescribe) a phenomenon only if there is a plausible mapping between element in the model and elements in the mechanism for the phenomenon. Expand
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Integrating psychology and neuroscience: functional analyses as mechanism sketches
We sketch a framework for building a unified science of cognition. Expand
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In Search of Mechanisms: Discoveries across the Life Sciences
Neuroscientists investigate the mechanisms of spatial memory. Molecular biologists study the mechanisms of protein synthesis and the myriad mechanisms of gene regulation. Ecologists study nutrientExpand
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Mechanisms and natural kinds
It is common to defend the Homeostatic Property Cluster (HPC) view as a third way between conventionalism and essentialism about natural kinds (Boyd, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1999; Griffiths, 1997, 1999;Expand
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Beyond reduction: mechanisms, multifield integration and the unity of neuroscience.
  • C. Craver
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of biological…
  • 1 June 2005
Philosophers of neuroscience have traditionally described interfield integration using reduction models. Such models describe formal inferential relations between theories at different levels. IExpand
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