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
Other contributor: Marchionni, Caterina
Vromen, Jack
Contributor organization: Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Practical Philosophy
Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
TINT – Centre for Philosophy of Social Science
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2012
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Neuroeconomics
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
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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