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The New Mechanical Philosophy

Stuart Glennan


This book argues for a new image of nature and of science—one that understands both natural and social phenomena to be the product of mechanisms, and that suggests that much of the work of natural and social scientists involves discovering, describing, and explaining how these mechanisms work. The book explores the interplay between ontological questions about mechanisms as things in the world and methodological questions about how these mechanisms can be characterized. Ontologically, mechanisms are understood to be collections of entities whose organized activities and interactions give rise ... More

Keywords: mechanism, model, representation, metaphysics, causation, explanation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779711
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779711.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Glennan, author
Butler University