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

Bert Leuridan (UGent)
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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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HAUSMAN, WOODWARD, CAUSAL MARKOV CONDITION, BUCHNERA, APHIDS, MODULARITY, EXPLANATION, COUNTERFACTUAL ACCOUNT

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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  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.},
  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},
}

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