Identity statements and microreductions

Journal of Philosophy 73 (June):285-306 (1976)
Abstract
The view that scientific reduction succeeds by establishing property identities is challenged. it is argued that, instead of identity statements making reductions successful, the fact that a reduction is successful makes the identity statements possible. the argument proceeds first by showing that an explanatory asymmetry is generated by statements expressing property identities, second by locating the source of the asymmetry in a "generative relation" that obtains between the two properties. it is then argued that reduction succeeds only if the reducing theory embodies a mechanism which accounts for such a generative relation. since this view of reduction is incompatible with the traditional view, an alternate account is outlined
Keywords Identity  Identity Theory  Laws  Model  Property  Reduction  Science  Statement  Causey, R
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DOI 10.2307/2025891
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