Causal depth, theoretical appropriateness, and individualism in psychology

Philosophy of Science 61 (1):55-75 (1994)
Individualists claim that wide explanations in psychology are problematic. I argue that wide psychological explanations sometimes have greater explanatory power than individualistic explanations. The aspects of explanatory power I focus on are causal depth and theoretical appropriateness. Reflection on the depth and appropriateness of other wide explanations of behavior, such as evolutionary explanations, clarifies why wide psychological explanations sometimes have more causal depth and theoretical appropriateness than narrow psychological explanations. I also argue for the rejection of eliminative materialism
Keywords Causation  Individualism  Materialism  Psychology  Science
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DOI 10.1086/289780
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