Regularity Constitution and the Location of Mechanistic Levels

Foundations of Science 20 (3):323-338 (2015)
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This paper discusses the role of levels and level-bound theoretical terms in neurobiological explanations under the presupposition of a regularity theory of constitution. After presenting the definitions for the constitution relation and the notion of a mechanistic level in the sense of the regularity theory, the paper develops a set of inference rules that allow to determine whether two mechanisms referred to by one or more accepted explanations belong to the same level, or to different levels. The rules are characterized as underlying level distinctions in neuroscience research

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