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Three problems for the mutual manipulability account of constitutive relevance in mechanisms

Bert Leuridan UGent (2012) BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE. 63(2). p.399-427
abstract
In this article, I present two conceptual problems for Craver's mutual manipulability account of constitutive relevance in mechanisms. First, constitutive relevance threatens to imply causal relevance despite Craver (and Bechtel)'s claim that they are strictly distinct. Second, if (as is intuitively appealing) parthood is defined in terms of spatio-temporal inclusion, then the mutual manipulability account is prone to counter-examples, as I show by a case of endosymbiosis. I also present a methodological problem (a case of experimental underdetermination) and formulate two partial, but fallible solutions based on the notions of parthood and synchronicity.
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published
subject
keyword
HAUSMAN, WOODWARD, CAUSAL MARKOV CONDITION, BUCHNERA, APHIDS, MODULARITY, EXPLANATION, COUNTERFACTUAL ACCOUNT
journal title
BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Br. J. Philos. Sci.
volume
63
issue
2
pages
399 - 427
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000303603600007
JCR category
HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
0.919 (2012)
JCR rank
8/58 (2012)
JCR quartile
1 (2012)
ISSN
0007-0882
DOI
10.1093/bjps/axr036
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
id
2116239
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2116239
date created
2012-05-26 15:10:01
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2016-12-19 15:39:04
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  author       = {Leuridan, Bert},
  issn         = {0007-0882},
  journal      = {BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {HAUSMAN,WOODWARD,CAUSAL MARKOV CONDITION,BUCHNERA,APHIDS,MODULARITY,EXPLANATION,COUNTERFACTUAL ACCOUNT},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {399--427},
  title        = {Three problems for the mutual manipulability account of constitutive relevance in mechanisms},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axr036},
  volume       = {63},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Leuridan, Bert. 2012. “Three Problems for the Mutual Manipulability Account of Constitutive Relevance in Mechanisms.” British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 63 (2): 399–427.
APA
Leuridan, B. (2012). Three problems for the mutual manipulability account of constitutive relevance in mechanisms. BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, 63(2), 399–427.
Vancouver
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Leuridan B. Three problems for the mutual manipulability account of constitutive relevance in mechanisms. BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE. 2012;63(2):399–427.
MLA
Leuridan, Bert. “Three Problems for the Mutual Manipulability Account of Constitutive Relevance in Mechanisms.” BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 63.2 (2012): 399–427. Print.