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Mechanistic Explanations and Deliberate Misrepresentations (2020)


Siponen, Mikko; Klaavuniemi, Tuula; Nathan, Marco (2020). Mechanistic Explanations and Deliberate Misrepresentations. In Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2020), Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 5695-5704. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/64441


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Siponen, Mikko; Klaavuniemi, Tuula; Nathan, Marco

Parent publication: Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2020)

Place and date of conference: Grand Wailea, Maui, HI, USA, 7.-10.1.2020

ISBN: 978-0-9981331-3-3

Journal or series: Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

ISSN: 1530-1605

Publication year: 2020

Pages range: 5695-5704

Publisher: University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/64441

Open Access: Publication published in an open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67189


Abstract

The philosophy of mechanisms has developed rapidly during the last 30 years. As mechanisms-based explanations (MBEs) are often seen as an alternative to nomological, law-based explanations, MBEs could be relevant in IS. We begin by offering a short history of mechanistic philosophy and set out to clarify the contemporary landscape. We then suggest that mechanistic models provide an alternative to variance and process models in IS. Finally, we highlight how MBEs typically contain deliberate misrepresentations. Although MBEs have recently been advocated as critical realist (CR) accounts in IS, idealizations (deliberate misrepresentations) seem to violate some fundamental tenets of CR and research method principles for CR. Idealizations in MBEs, therefore, may risk being regarded as flawed in IS. If it turns out that CR cannot account for idealizations, naturalism can, and it does so without extra-philosophical baggage.


Keywords: mechanisms; explaining

Free keywords: mechanisms-based explanations


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Reporting Year: 2020

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1


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