Title

Construct stabilization and the unity of the mind-brain sciences

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2016

Journal

Philosophy of Science

Volume

83

Issue

5

First Page

662

Last Page

673

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1086/687853

Abstract

© 2016 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved. This article offers a critique of an account of explanatory integration that claims that explanations of cognitive capacities by functional analyses and mechanistic explanations can be seamlessly integrated. It is shown that achieving such explanatory integration requires that the terms designating cognitive capacities in the two forms of explanation are stable but that experimental practice in the mind-brain sciences currently is not directed at achieving such stability. A positive proposal for changing experimental practice so as to promote such stability is put forward, and its implications for explanatory integration are briefly considered.

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