Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics (History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences)

Roberta L. Millstein


This quantity addresses basic concerns within the philosophy of technological know-how within the context of 2 such a lot exciting fields: biology and economics. Written by means of experts and specialists within the philosophy of biology and economics, Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics presents a established learn of the recommendations of mechanism and causality in those disciplines and attracts cautious juxtapositions among philosophical equipment and clinical perform. through exploring the problems which are such a lot salient to the modern philosophies of biology and economics and through offering comparative analyses, the ebook serves as a platform not just for gaining mutual figuring out among scientists and philosophers of the lifestyles sciences and people of the social sciences, but in addition for sharing interdisciplinary study that mixes either philosophical techniques in either fields.

The ebook starts through defining the strategies of mechanism and causality in biology and economics, respectively. the second one and 3rd elements examine philosophical views of varied causal and mechanistic matters in clinical perform within the fields. those sections contain chapters on causal matters within the concept of evolution; experiments and clinical discovery; illustration of causal kin and mechanism via types in economics. The concluding part provides interdisciplinary reviews of varied issues relating extrapolation of lifestyles sciences and social sciences, together with chapters at the philosophical research of conjoining organic and financial analyses with, respectively, demography, medication and sociology.

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