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The Mechanist and the Snail

Hitchcock, Christopher Read (1996) The Mechanist and the Snail. Philosophical Studies, 84 (1). pp. 91-105. ISSN 0031-8116. doi:10.1007/BF00364675.

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[Introduction] One of the most influential theories of scientific explanation to have emerged in the past two decades is Salmon's causal/mechanical theory (Salmon 1984). According to this account, scientific explanations describe a network of causal processes and interactions. In this paper, I will use an example from evolutionary biology to argue that the causal nexus, as characterized by Salmon, is not rich enough to account for many causal explanations in the sciences.

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