Mechanism and explanation in cognitive neuroscience

Philosophy of Science 71 (5):972-984 (2004)
The aim of this paper is to examine the usefulness of the Machamer, Darden, and Craver (2000) mechanism approach to gaining an understanding of explanation in cognitive neuroscience. We argue that although the mechanism approach can capture many aspects of explanation in cognitive neuroscience, it cannot capture everything. In particular, it cannot completely capture all aspects of the content and significance of mental representations or the evaluative features constitutive of psychopathology.
Keywords Cognitive  Explanation  Mechanism  Neuroscience  Science  Craver, C  Darden, L  Machamer, P
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DOI 10.1086/425946
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