Social Mechanisms

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Ylikoski , P K 2017 , Social Mechanisms . in S Glennan & P Illari (eds) , The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy . , 30 , Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy , Routledge , Abingdon , pp. 401-412 .

Title: Social Mechanisms
Author: Ylikoski, Petri Kullervo
Editor: Glennan, Stuart; Illari, Phyllis
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy
Belongs to series: Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy
ISBN: 978-1-138-84169-7
Abstract: Social mechanisms and mechanism-based explanation have attracted considerable attention in the social sciences and the philosophy of science during the past two decades. The idea of mechanistic explanation has proved to be a useful tool for criticizing existing research practices and meta-theoretical views on the nature of the social-scientific enterprise. Many definitions of social mechanisms have been articulated, and have been used to support a wide variety of methodological and theoretical claims. It is impossible to cover all of these in one chapter, so I will merely highlight some of the most prominent and philosophically interesting ideas.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
causal inference
5141 Sociology
analytical sociology

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