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Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics

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This volume explores issues in the philosophy of science relating to biology and economics. It interrogates the concepts of mechanism and causality in these disciplines and draws careful juxtapositions between philosophical apparatus and scientific practice.

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Titel: Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics
Autoren/Herausgeber: Hsiang-Ke Chao, Szu-Ting Chen, Roberta L. Millstein (Hrsg.)
Aus der Reihe: History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences
Ausgabe: 2013

ISBN/EAN: 9789400724532

Seitenzahl: 256
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 567 g
Sprache: Englisch

This volume addresses fundamental issues in the philosophy of science in the context of two most intriguing fields: biology and economics. Written by authorities and experts in the philosophy of biology and economics, Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics provides a structured study of the concepts of mechanism and causality in these disciplines and draws careful juxtapositions between philosophical apparatus and scientific practice. By exploring the issues that are most salient to the contemporary philosophies of biology and economics and by presenting comparative analyses, the book serves as a platform not only for gaining mutual understanding between scientists and philosophers of the life sciences and those of the social sciences, but also for sharing interdisciplinary research that combines both philosophical concepts in both fields.The book begins by defining the concepts of mechanism and causality in biology and economics, respectively. The second and third parts investigate philosophical perspectives of various causal and mechanistic issues in scientific practice in the two fields. These two sections include chapters on causal issues in the theory of evolution; experiments and scientific discovery; representation of causal relations and mechanism by models in economics. The concluding section presents interdisciplinary studies of various topics concerning extrapolation of life sciences and social sciences, including chapters on the philosophical investigation of conjoining biological and economic analyses with, respectively, demography, medicine and sociology.

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