Realization, explanation and the mind-body relation editor's introduction

Synthese 177 (2):151-164 (2010)
This volume brings together a number of perspectives on the nature of realization explanation and experimentation in the ‘special’ and biological sciences as well as the related issues of psychoneural reduction and cognitive extension. The first two papers in the volume may be regarded as offering direct responses to the questions: (1) What model of realization is appropriate for understanding the metaphysics of science? and (2) What kind of philosophical work is such a model ultimately supposed to do?
Keywords Realization  Multiple Realization  Topological explanation  Mechanistic explanation  Experiment  Cognitive Extension
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