I distinguish three theses associated with the new mechanistic philosophy-concerning causation, explanation and scientific methodology. Advocates of each thesis are identified and relationships among them are outlined. I then look at some recent work on natural selection and mechanisms. Framing that debate in terms of different kinds of New Mechanism significantly affects what is at stake.
- Mechanistic explanation
- Natural selection
- New mechanistic philosophy
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- History and Philosophy of Science