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Multiple Realization and RobustnessMultiple realization has typically been construed as a thesis about the relation between kinds posited by the taxonomic systems of different sciences. In this paper, I argue that there are good reasons to move beyond this framing. I begin by developing an account of multiple realization that operates entirely within causal explanatory frameworks. I then draw connections between this account and the notion of causal robustness in biology and neuroscience. I examine two cases from systems neuroscience that substantiate my account and show how traditional debates fail to track important features of these cases.
History and Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburgh