Explanatory relevance across disciplinary boundaries

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Ylikoski , P K & Kuorikoski , J 2012 , Explanatory relevance across disciplinary boundaries . in C Marchionni & J Vromen (eds) , Neuroeconomics : Hype or Hope? . Routledge , pp. 119-128 .

Title: Explanatory relevance across disciplinary boundaries
Author: Ylikoski, Petri K; Kuorikoski, Jaakko
Editor: Marchionni, Caterina; Vromen, Jack
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
University of Helsinki, Practical Philosophy
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2012
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Neuroeconomics Hype or Hope?
ISBN: 978-0-415-69823-8
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/233983
Abstract: Many of the arguments for neuroeconomics rely on mistaken assumptions about criteria of explanatory relevance across disciplinary boundaries and fail to distinguish between evidential and explanatory relevance. Building on recent philosophical work on mechanistic research programmes and the contrastive counterfactual theory of explanation, we argue that explaining an explanatory presupposition or providing a lower-level explanation does not necessarily constitute explanatory improvement. Neuroscientific findings have explanatory relevance only when they inform a causal and explanatory account of the psychology of human decision-making.
Subject: 611 Philosophy

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