In this article, we discuss the issue of context-dependence of mechanism-based explanation in the social sciences. The different ways in which the context-dependence and context-independence of mechanism-based explanation have been understood in the social sciences are often motivated by different and apparently incompatible understandings of what explanatory mechanisms are. Instead, we suggest that the different varieties of context-dependence are best seen as corresponding to different research goals. Rather than conflicting with one another, these goals are complementary to each other and therefore pave the way to a methodologically more cooperative approach to mechanism-based explanation in the social sciences.

Context in mechanism-based explanation / G. Pozzoni, T. Kaidesoja. - In: PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. - ISSN 0048-3931. - (2021 Feb 03). [Epub ahead of print] [10.1177/0048393121991657]

Context in mechanism-based explanation

G. Pozzoni
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2021

Abstract

In this article, we discuss the issue of context-dependence of mechanism-based explanation in the social sciences. The different ways in which the context-dependence and context-independence of mechanism-based explanation have been understood in the social sciences are often motivated by different and apparently incompatible understandings of what explanatory mechanisms are. Instead, we suggest that the different varieties of context-dependence are best seen as corresponding to different research goals. Rather than conflicting with one another, these goals are complementary to each other and therefore pave the way to a methodologically more cooperative approach to mechanism-based explanation in the social sciences.
context; explanation; mechanisms; research methodology
Settore M-FIL/02 - Logica e Filosofia della Scienza
Settore SPS/07 - Sociologia Generale
Settore SPS/04 - Scienza Politica
Settore M-FIL/06 - Storia della Filosofia
Settore M-FIL/01 - Filosofia Teoretica
Settore SPS/01 - Filosofia Politica
3-feb-2021
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