PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Multiple Realization and Robustness

Multiple 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.

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Worth Boone    
History and Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburgh

 

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