Single Idea 17487

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / i. Explanations by mechanism]

Full Idea

To a significant degree, a mechanistic philosophy of science can be seen as an alternative to an earlier logical empiricist tradition in philosophy of science that gave pride of place to laws of nature.

Gist of Idea

Mechanistic philosophy of science is an alternative to the empiricist law-based tradition


Stuart Glennan (Mechanisms [2008], 'Intro')

Book Reference

'Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science', ed/tr. Psillos,S/Curd,M [Routledge 2010], p.376

A Reaction

Lovely! Someone who actually spells out what's going on here. Most philosophers are far too coy about explaining what their real game is. Mechanism is fine in chemistry and biology. How about in 'mathematical' physics, or sociology?

Related Idea

Idea 17488 Empiricist theories are sets of laws, which give explanations and reductions [Glennan]