Sophie Roux

Affiliation: 

ENS-Paris

What kind of mechanism for Cartesian physics?

Our conception of what is a mechanism and of what its function is in biological explanations has been renewed in the last decade (Machamer, Darden and Craver 2000, Bechtel and Abrahamsen 2005, Nicholson 2012). It remains however to determine what this renewal consists in, and what its disciplinary and historical extension is. In fact, the three articles in question don't have the same conception of what a mechanism is. I shall begin by exploring the differences between them.