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Novel explanation in the special sciences: Lessons from physics

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-140
Number of pages18
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelian Society
Volume117
Issue number2
Early online date3 Oct 2017
DOIs
Accepted/In press11 Apr 2017
E-pub ahead of print3 Oct 2017
Published2017

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This paper aims to understand how recent discussion of novel and robust behaviour in physics might be applied in biology and other special sciences. In particular, it looks at the prospects for extending an account of novel explanation to biological examples. Despite the differences in the disciplines, the prospects look good, at least when we look at a biological example in which a certain kind of reduction is possible.

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