History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences

Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics

Editors: Chao, Hsiang-Ke, Chen, Szu-Ting, Millstein, Roberta L. (Eds.)

  • One of the first books to examine the relationships between philosophy, biology and economics
  • Offers a comprehensive review of causal and mechanistic issues in biology and economics
  • Discusses the philosophical investigation of conjoining biological and economic analyses with demography, medicine and sociology
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This volume addresses fundamental issues in the philosophy of science in the context of two most intriguing fields: biology and economics. Written by authorities and experts in the philosophy of biology and economics, Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics provides a structured study of the concepts of mechanism and causality in these disciplines and draws careful juxtapositions between philosophical apparatus and scientific practice. By exploring the issues that are most salient to the contemporary philosophies of biology and economics and by presenting comparative analyses, the book serves as a platform not only for gaining mutual understanding between scientists and philosophers of the life sciences and those of the social sciences, but also for sharing interdisciplinary research that combines both philosophical concepts in both fields.

The book begins by defining the concepts of mechanism and causality in biology and economics, respectively. The second and third parts investigate philosophical perspectives of various causal and mechanistic issues in scientific practice in the two fields. These two sections include chapters on causal issues in the theory of evolution; experiments and scientific discovery; representation of causal relations and mechanism by models in economics. The concluding section presents interdisciplinary studies of various topics concerning extrapolation of life sciences and social sciences, including chapters on the philosophical investigation of conjoining biological and economic analyses with, respectively, demography, medicine and sociology.

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From the reviews:

“Essays provides both a critical reappraisal of how far we’ve come, and an insight into future lines of inquiry. … to those with interests in general philosophy of science, and those with interests in interdisciplinary links among the special sciences. … I can strongly recommend it. Each of these papers is self-contained, but together they constitute intriguingly contrasting treatments of a variety of issues to do with causation, explanation, and the roles of mechanistic understanding in economics and biology.” (Anya Plutynski, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Vol. 3 (23), 2013)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Towards the Methodological Turn in the Philosophy of Science

    Chao, Hsiang-Ke (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Mechanisms Versus Causes in Biology and Medicine

    Darden, Lindley

    Pages 19-34

  • Identity, Structure, and Causal Representation in Scientific Models

    Hoover, Kevin D.

    Pages 35-57

  • The Regrettable Loss of Mathematical Molding in Econometrics

    Boumans, Marcel

    Pages 61-81

  • Models of Mechanisms: The Case of the Replicator Dynamics

    Grüne-Yanoff, Till

    Pages 83-100

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eBook $119.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-2453-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mechanism and Causality in Biology and Economics
Editors
  • Hsiang-Ke Chao
  • Szu-Ting Chen
  • Roberta L. Millstein
Series Title
History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2454-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2454-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2453-2
Series ISSN
2211-1948
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 256
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