Mechanisms ‘all the way down’?

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Ioan Muntean


Book review: Mechanistic Explanations in Physics and Beyond, Brigitte Falkenburg and Gregor Schiemann, editors, European Studies in Philosophy of Science, Vol. 11, Springer International Publishing, Cham 2019, pp.220

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Muntean, I. (2024). Mechanisms ‘all the way down’?. Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne W Nauce), (74), 302–316.
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