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Across the BoundariesExtrapolation in Biology and Social Science$
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Daniel Steel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331448

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331448.001.0001

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Extrapolation, Capacities, and Mechanisms

Extrapolation, Capacities, and Mechanisms

(p.78) 5 Extrapolation, Capacities, and Mechanisms
Across the Boundaries

Daniel P. Steel (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter argues that previous accounts of extrapolation, either by reference to capacities or mechanisms, do not adequately address the challenges confronting extrapolation. It then begins the account of how the mechanisms approach can be developed so as to do better. The central concept in this account is what I term comparative process tracing.

Keywords:   capacities, mechanisms, process tracing, animal extrapolation, animal research

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