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Generative Explanation and Individualism in Agent-Based Simulation
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, IAS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5237-9695
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
2013 (English)In: Philosophy of the social sciences, ISSN 0048-3931, E-ISSN 1552-7441, Vol. 43, no 3, p. 323-340Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social scientists associate agent-based simulation (ABS) models with three ideas about explanation: they provide generative explanations, they are models of mechanisms, and they implement methodological individualism. In light of a philosophical account of explanation, we show that these ideas are not necessarily related and offer an account of the explanatory import of ABS models. We also argue that their bottom-up research strategy should be distinguished from methodological individualism.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 43, no 3, p. 323-340
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agent-based simulation, explanation, mechanism, methodological individualism
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Philosophy Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156287DOI: 10.1177/0048393113488873ISI: 000323208300003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84882716034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-156287DiVA, id: diva2:1303978
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M12-0301:1Available from: 2019-04-11 Created: 2019-04-11 Last updated: 2019-04-17Bibliographically approved

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