Description
EXPLANATIONS, CAUSES, AND MECHANISMS
** available as of 06/30/2021
The seminar will examine some recent philosophical writings on these three topics. Specifically, we will analyze the nature of explanations by mechanisms in a variety of domains and fields, including social science, cognitive science, and neuroscience. We shall also consider multi-level explanations, such as those that relate persons to sub-personal states and environments. Along the way we shall discuss the issues of reduction, emergence, the space of reasons, and the nature of information as used in some sciences. If there is interest and time we may spend a session or two on discovery of mechanisms.
Details
Grading Basis
Grad LG/SNC Basis
Units
3
Offering
Course
HPS 2157
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
History & Philosophy of Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus