Evaluating Evidence of Mechanisms

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In this chapter, we discuss how to evaluate evidence of mechanisms. This begins with an account of how a mechanistic study provides evidence for features of specific mechanism hypotheses, laying out a three step procedure of evaluating: (1) the methods used, (2) the implementation of the methods, and (3), the stability of the results. The next step is to combine those evaluations to present the quality of evidence of the general mechanistic claim.




Parkkinen, V. P., Wallmann, C., Wilde, M., Clarke, B., Illari, P., Kelly, M. P., … Williamson, J. (2018). Evaluating Evidence of Mechanisms. In SpringerBriefs in Philosophy (pp. 77–90). Springer Science and Business Media B.V. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94610-8_6

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