By Marie I. Kaiser

This book develops a philosophical account that finds the key features that make a proof within the lifestyles sciences reductive and distinguish them from non-reductive factors. realizing what reductive motives are permits one to evaluate the stipulations lower than which reductive causes are enough and therefore complements debates approximately explanatory reductionism. The account of reductive rationalization awarded during this e-book has 3 significant features. First, it emerges from a severe reconstruction of the explanatory perform of the existence sciences itself. moment, the account is monistic because it specifies one set of standards that observe to motives within the lifestyles sciences in most cases. ultimately, the account is ontic in that it strains the reductivity of an explanation back to sure family members that exist among items on the planet (such as part-whole family members and point relations), instead of to the logical family members among sentences. starting with a disclosure of the meta-philosophical assumptions that underlie the author’s research of reductive rationalization, the booklet leads into the debate about reduction(ism) within the philosophy of biology and keeps with a dialogue at the views on explanatory aid that have been proposed within the philosophy of biology thus far. the writer scrutinizes how the problem of relief turns into entangled with explanation and analyzes thoughts, the concept that of a organic half and the idea that of a degree of association. the result of those 5 chapters represent the floor on which the writer bases her ultimate bankruptcy, constructing her ontic account of reductive explanation.

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