Grene on Mechanism and Reductionism: More Than Just a Side Issue

@article{Brandon1984GreneOM,
  title={Grene on Mechanism and Reductionism: More Than Just a Side Issue},
  author={R. Brandon},
  journal={PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association},
  year={1984},
  volume={1984},
  pages={345 - 353}
}
  • R. Brandon
  • Published 1984
  • Philosophy
  • PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
In this paper the common association between ontological reductionism and a methodological position called 'Mechanism' is discussed. Three major points are argued for: (1) Mechanism is not to be identified with reductionism in any of its forms; in fact, mechanism leads to a non-reductionist ontology. (2) Biological methodology is thoroughly mechanistic. (3) Mechanism is compatible with at least one form of teleology. Along the way the nature and value of scientific explanations, some recent… Expand
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