Mechanism and explanation in cognitive neuroscience

Philosophy of Science 71 (5):972-984 (2004)
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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine the usefulness of the Machamer, Darden, and Craver (2000) mechanism approach to gaining an understanding of explanation in cognitive neuroscience. We argue that although the mechanism approach can capture many aspects of explanation in cognitive neuroscience, it cannot capture everything. In particular, it cannot completely capture all aspects of the content and significance of mental representations or the evaluative features constitutive of psychopathology.

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Barbara Von Eckardt
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Cognitive neuroscienec: Relating neural mechanisms and cognition.William P. Bechtel - 2001 - In Peter McLaughlin, Peter Machamer & Rick Grush (eds.), Theory and Method in the Neurosciences. Pittsburgh University Press.

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