Biology and Philosophy 37 (4):0-0 (2022)

Luana Poliseli
Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research
Federica Russo
University of Amsterdam
This article addresses the contributions of the literature on the new mechanistic philosophy of science for the scientific practice of model building in ecology. This is reflected in a one-to-one interdisciplinary collaboration between an ecologist and a philosopher of science during science-in-the-making. We argue that the identification, reconstruction and understanding of mechanisms is context-sensitive, and for this case study mechanistic modeling did not present a normative role but a heuristic one. We expect our study to provides useful epistemic tools for the improvement of empirically-riven work in the debates about mechanistic explanation of ecological phenomena.
Keywords scientific practice  interdisciplinarity  mechanistic modeling  heuristics  ecology
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-022-09851-4
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