1 Functions and Mechanisms : A Perspectivalist View

  title={1 Functions and Mechanisms : A Perspectivalist View},
  author={Carl F. Craver},
Though the mechanical philosophy is traditionally associated with the rejection of teleological description and explanation, the theories of the contemporary physiological sciences, such as neuroscience, are replete with both functional and mechanistic descriptions. I explore the relationship between these two stances, showing how functional description contributes to the search for mechanisms. I discuss three ways that functional descriptions contribute to the explanations and mechanistic… CONTINUE READING