Generative Explanation and Individualism in Agent-Based Simulation

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Marchionni , C & Ylikoski , P K 2013 , ' Generative Explanation and Individualism in Agent-Based Simulation ' , Philosophy of the Social Sciences , vol. 43 , no. 3 , pp. 323-340 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0048393113488873

Title: Generative Explanation and Individualism in Agent-Based Simulation
Author: Marchionni, Caterina; Ylikoski, Petri K
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)



Date: 2013
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Philosophy of the Social Sciences
ISSN: 0048-3931
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0048393113488873
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/233982
Abstract: 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.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
explanation
mechanism
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