Models and mechanisms in psychological explanation

@article{Weiskopf2011ModelsAM,
  title={Models and mechanisms in psychological explanation},
  author={Daniel A. Weiskopf},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2011},
  volume={183},
  pages={313-338}
}
Mechanistic explanation has an impressive track record of advancing our understanding of complex, hierarchically organized physical systems, particularly biological and neural systems. But not every complex system can be understood mechanistically. Psychological capacities are often understood by providing cognitive models of the systems that underlie them. I argue that these models, while superficially similar to mechanistic models, in fact have a substantially more complex relation to the… CONTINUE READING
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