In Phyllis McKay Illari & Stuart Glennan (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy. London: Routledge. pp. 389-400 (2017)

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Carlos Zednik
Eindhoven University of Technology
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This chapter subsumes David Marr’s levels of analysis account of explanation in cognitive science under the framework of mechanistic explanation: Answering the questions that define each one of Marr’s three levels is tantamount to describing the component parts and operations of mechanisms, as well as their organization, behavior, and environmental context. By explicating these questions and showing how they are answered in several different cognitive science research programs, this chapter resolves some of the ambiguities that remain in Marr’s account, and shows that many different areas and traditions of cognitive scientific research can be unified under the mechanistic framework.
Keywords Mechanistic Explanation  Levels of Analysis  Algorithm  Explanation in Cognitive Science
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