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How Organization Explains
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
Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland.
2013 (English)In: EPSA11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science / [ed] Vassilios Karakostas, Dennis Dieks, Springer, 2013, p. 69-80Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Constitutive mechanistic explanations explain a property of a whole with the properties of its parts and their organization. Carl Craver’s mutual manipulability criterion for constitutive relevance only captures the explanatory relevance of causal properties of parts and leaves the organization side of mechanistic explanation unaccounted for. We use the contrastive counterfactual theory of explanation and an account of the dimensions of organization to build a typology of organizational dependence. We analyse organizational explanations in terms of such dependencies and emphasize the importance of modular organizational motifs. We apply this framework to two cases from social science and systems biology, both fields in which organization plays a crucial explanatory role: agent-based simulations of residential segregation and the recent work on network motifs in transcription regulation networks.

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Springer, 2013. p. 69-80
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The European Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings ; 2
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organization, complexity, explanation, emergence
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156303DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-01306-0_6ISBN: 9783319013053 (print)ISBN: 9783319013060 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-156303DiVA, id: diva2:1304286
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M12-0301:1Available from: 2019-04-12 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-04-12Bibliographically approved

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