Evaluating Evidence of Mechanisms

Veli Pekka Parkkinen, Christian Wallmann, Michael Wilde, Brendan Clarke, Phyllis Illari, Michael P. Kelly, Charles Norell, Federica Russo, Beth Shaw, Jon Williamson

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In this chapter, we discuss how to evaluate evidence of mechanisms. This begins with an account of how a mechanistic study provides evidence for features of specific mechanism hypotheses, laying out a three step procedure of evaluating: (1) the methods used, (2) the implementation of the methods, and (3), the stability of the results. The next step is to combine those evaluations to present the quality of evidence of the general mechanistic claim.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Philosophy
ISSN (Print)2211-4548
ISSN (Electronic)2211-4556


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