On the Relation between Quantum Mechanical and Neo-Mechanistic Ontologies and Explanatory Strategies

  title={On the Relation between Quantum Mechanical and Neo-Mechanistic Ontologies and Explanatory Strategies},
  author={Meinard Kuhlmann and Stuart Glennan},
Advocates of the New Mechanicism in philosophy of science argue that scientific explanation often consists in describing mechanisms responsible for natural phenomena. Despite its successes, one might think that this approach does not square with the ontological strictures of quantum mechanics. New Mechanists suppose that mechanisms are composed of objects with definite properties, which are interconnected via local causal interactions. Quantum mechanics calls these suppositions into question… CONTINUE READING
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