Mechanistic explanations in the cognitive social sciences: lessons from three case studies

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Abstrakti

Discussions of the relations between the social sciences and the cognitive sciences have proliferated in recent years. Our article contributes to the philosophical and methodological foundations of the cognitive social sciences by proposing a framework based on contemporary mechanistic approaches to the philosophy of science to analyze the epistemological, ontological and methodological aspects of research programs at the intersection of the social sciences and the cognitive sciences. We apply this framework to three case studies which address the phenomena of social coordination, transactive memory, and ethnicity. We also assess how successful these research programs have been in providing mechanistic explanations for these phenomena, and where more work remains to be done.

Alkuperäiskielienglanti
Artikkeli0539018420968742
LehtiSocial Science Information
Vuosikerta59
Numero4
Sivut580–603
Sivumäärä24
ISSN0539-0184
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 18 marrask. 2020
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä, vertaisarvioitu

Tieteenalat

  • 5141 Sosiologia
  • 6162 Kognitiotiede

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