Theory structure, reduction, and disciplinary integration in biology

Biology and Philosophy 8 (3):319-347 (1993)
Abstract
This paper examines the nature of theory structure in biology and considers the implications of those theoretical structures for theory reduction. An account of biological theories as interlevel prototypes embodying causal sequences, and related to each other by strong analogies, is presented, and examples from the neurosciences are provided to illustrate these middle-range theories. I then go on to discuss several modifications of Nagel''s classical model of theory reduction, and indicate at what stages in the development of reductions these models might best apply. Finally I consider several implications of these analyses of theory structure and reduction for disciplinary integration in biology.
Keywords Theory structure  reduction  integration  neuroscience   Aplysia  parallel processing  explanation
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