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  1. Petri Ylikoski & N. Emrah Aydinonat (2014). Understanding with Theoretical Models. Journal of Economic Methodology 21 (1):19-36.
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  2. Jaakko Kuorikoski & Petri Ylikoski (2013). How Organization Explains. In. In Vassilios Karakostas & Dennis Dieks (eds.), Epsa11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science. Springer. 69--80.
  3. Petri Ylikoski (2013). Causal and Constitutive Explanation Compared. Erkenntnis 78 (2):277-297.
    This article compares causal and constitutive explanation. While scientific inquiry usually addresses both causal and constitutive questions, making the distinction is crucial for a detailed understanding of scientific questions and their interrelations. These explanations have different kinds of explananda and they track different sorts of dependencies. Constitutive explanations do not address events or behaviors, but causal capacities. While there are some interesting relations between building and causal manipulation, causation and constitution are not to be confused. Constitution is a synchronous and (...)
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  4. Petri Ylikoski (2013). Individuals and Identity in Economics, Davis. Cambridge University Press, 2011, X + 260 Pages. [REVIEW] Economics and Philosophy 29 (1):142-147.
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  5. Aki Petteri Lehtinen, Jaakko Kuorikoski & Petri Ylikoski (eds.) (2012). Economics for Real: Uskali Mäki and the Place of Truth in Economics. Routledge.
    This book provides the first comprehensive and critical examination of Mäki's realist philosophy of economics.
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  6. Petri Ylikoski (2012). Micro, Macro, and Mechanisms. In Harold Kincaid (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science. Oxford University Press. 21.
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  7. Peter Hedström & Petri Ylikoski (2011). Analytical Sociology. In Ian C. Jarvie & Jesus Zamoro Bonilla (eds.), The SAGE Handbook of the Philosophy of Social Sciences. SAGE.
  8. Petri Ylikoski (2011). Social Mechanisms and Explanatory Relevance. In Pierre Demeulenaere (ed.), Analytical Sociology and Social Mechanisms. Cambridge University Press. 154.
  9. Peter Hedström & Petri Ylikoski (2010). Causal Mechanisms in the Social Sciences. Annual Review of Sociology 36:49–67.
    During the past decade, social mechanisms and mechanism-based ex- planations have received considerable attention in the social sciences as well as in the philosophy of science. This article critically reviews the most important philosophical and social science contributions to the mechanism approach. The first part discusses the idea of mechanism- based explanation from the point of view of philosophy of science and relates it to causation and to the covering-law account of explanation. The second part focuses on how the idea (...)
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  10. Jaakko Kuorikoski & Petri Ylikoski (2010). Explanatory Relevance Across Disciplinary Boundaries: The Case of Neuroeconomics. Journal of Economic Methodology 17 (2):219–228.
    Many of the arguments for neuroeconomics rely on mistaken assumptions about criteria of explanatory relevance across disciplinary boundaries and fail to distinguish between evidential and explanatory relevance. Building on recent philosophical work on mechanistic research programmes and the contrastive counterfactual theory of explanation, we argue that explaining an explanatory presupposition or providing a lower-level explanation does not necessarily constitute explanatory improvement. Neuroscientific findings have explanatory relevance only when they inform a causal and explanatory account of the psychology of human decision-making.
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  11. Petri Ylikoski & Jaakko Kuorikoski (2010). Dissecting Explanatory Power. Philosophical Studies 148 (2):201–219.
    Comparisons of rival explanations or theories often involve vague appeals to explanatory power. In this paper, we dissect this metaphor by distinguishing between different dimensions of the goodness of an explanation: non-sensitivity, cognitive salience, precision, factual accuracy and degree of integration. These dimensions are partially independent and often come into conflict. Our main contribution is to go beyond simple stipulation or description by explicating why these factors are taken to be explanatory virtues. We accomplish this by using the contrastive-counterfactual approach (...)
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  12. Petri Ylikoski (2009). Illusions in Scientific Understanding. In Henk De Regt, Sabina Leonelli & Kai Eigner (eds.), Scientific Understanding: Philosophical Perspectives. University of Pittsburgh Press.
  13. Petri Ylikoski (2009). The Illusion of Depth of Understanding in Science. In H. W. de Regt, S. Leonelli & K. Eigner (eds.), Scientific Understanding : Philosophical Perspectives. University of Pittsburgh Press. 100--119.
  14. Johannes Persson & Petri Ylikoski (eds.) (2007). Rethinking Explanation. Springer.
    This book highlights some of the conceptual problems that still need to be solved and points out a number of fresh philosophical ideas to explore.
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  15. Petri Ylikoski (2007). The Idea of Contrastive Explanandum. In Johannes Persson & Petri Ylikoski (eds.), Rethinking Explanation. Springer. 27--42.
  16. Erik Weber & Petri Ylikoski (2005). Preface. Foundations of Science 10 (4):349-351.
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  17. Petri Ylikoski (2005). The Third Dogma Revisited. Foundations of Science 10 (4):395–419.
    This paper is an attempt to further our understanding of mechanisms conceived of as ontologically separable from laws. What opportunities are there for a mechanistic perspective to be independent of, or even more fundamental than, a law perspective? Advocates of the mechanistic view often play with the possibility of internal and external reliability, or with the paralleling possibilities of enforcing, counteracting, redirecting, etc., the mechanisms’ power to produce To further this discussion I adopt a trope ontology. It is independent of (...)
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  18. Petri Ylikoski (2004). Interests, Folk Psychology and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge. Philosophical Explorations 7 (3):265 – 279.
    This paper provides a conceptual analysis of the notion of interests as it is used in the social studies of science. After describing the theoretical background behind the Strong Program's adoption of the concept of interest, the paper outlines a reconstruction of the everyday notion of interest and argues that this same notion is used also by the sociologists of scientific knowledge. However, there are a couple of important differences between the everyday use of this notion and the way in (...)
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  19. Matti Sintonen, Petri Ylikoski & Kaarlo Miller (eds.) (2003). Realism in Action: Essays in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    Realism in Action is a selection of essays written by leading representatives in the fields of action theory and philosophy of mind, philosophy of the social sciences and especially the nature of social action, and of epistemology and philosophy of science. Practical reason, reasons and causes in action theory, intending and trying, and folk-psychological explanation are some of the topics discussed by these leading participants. A particular emphasis is laid on trust, commitments and social institutions, on the possibility of grounding (...)
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  20. Petri Ylikoski (2003). Bringing Critique Back to the Philosophy of Science. Social Epistemology 17 (2-3):321-324.
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  21. Petri Ylikoski (2003). Explaining Practices. Protosociology 18:317-333.
    This paper discusses Stephen Turner’s recent critique of theories of social practices. It shows that his arguments are valid against common explanatory uses of these concepts, but not against practices in general. There are plenty of legitimate non-explanatory uses for practice concepts. The paper also suggests that Turner’s main arguments derive from two principles that have much wider application than practice theories. Consequently, they should be considered as general constraints on every social theory.
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  22. Petri Ylikoski (2003). Thought Experiments in Science Studies. Philosophica 72:1-25.
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  23. Petri Ylikoski (2002). Kymmenen haastetta kausaalisen selittämisen teorialle. Ajatus 59:155-177.
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  24. Petri Ylikoski & Pekka Mäkelä (2002). We-Attitudes and Social Institutions. In Georg Meggle (ed.), Social Facts and Collective Intentionality. Dr. Hänsel-Hohenhausen AG.
  25. Petri Ylikoski (2001). Understanding Interests and Causal Explanation. Dissertation, University of Helsinki
  26. Petri Ylikoski (1999). Dispositions. Dialogue 38 (1):175-177.
     
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  27. Petri Ylikoski (1999). Dispositions: A Debate D. M. Armstrong, C. B. Martin, and U. T. Place Tim Crane, Editor London: Routledge, 1996, Viii + 197 Pp. [REVIEW] Dialogue 38 (01):175-.
  28. Petri Ylikoski (1995). The Invisible Hand and Science. Science Studies 8 (2):32-43.