Part-whole science

  title={Part-whole science},
  author={Rasmus Gr{\o}nfeldt Winther},
  • R. Winther
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Philosophy
  • Synthese
A scientific explanatory project, part-whole explanation, and a kind of science, part-whole science are premised on identifying, investigating, and using parts and wholes. In the biological sciences, mechanistic, structuralist, and historical explanations are part-whole explanations. Each expresses different norms, explananda, and aims. Each is associated with a distinct partitioning frame for abstracting kinds of parts. These three explanatory projects can be complemented in order to provide… 

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