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Constraints on Localization and Decomposition as Explanatory Strategies in the Biological Sciences 2.0
Michael Silberstein (Elizabethtown College)
25 January 2019
h 15-17 –
Greenwhich Mean Time
Abstract. In 2013 Chemero and
In order to accomplish that goal, it will first be necessary to make clear exactly what our argument was and then to disentangle several distinct but related issues that pertain to mechanistic versus dynamical/network explanation. This will be the task of the first section. Having zeroed in on the real issue at hand, namely Loc, Decomp and their possible failure, in the second section an argument will be made that even without focusing on the topological properties of networks as such, there is ample evidence that Loc and Decomp sometimes fail in complex biological systems, including brains. In the third section some possible responses and objections will be considered.