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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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Reduction and Corrective Asymmetry

Reduction and Corrective Asymmetry

(p.125) 7 Reduction and Corrective Asymmetry
Across the Boundaries

Daniel P. Steel (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between reductionism and the mechanisms approach to extrapolation. It maintains that the mechanisms approach is committed to reductionism only insofar as it requires that micro-mechanisms are typically correctively asymmetric with regard to macro-level generalizations, and that corrective asymmetry in this sense is consistent with pluralism.

Keywords:   reductionism, pluralism, multiple realizability

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