Three kinds of new mechanism

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-114
Number of pages16
JournalBiology and Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Causation
  • Decomposition
  • Localization
  • Mechanistic explanation
  • Natural selection
  • New mechanistic philosophy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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