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Social mechanisms and explaining how : A reply to Kimberly Chuang

Persson, Johannes LU (2012) In Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 1(9). p.37-41
Abstract
Kimberly Chuang’s detailed and very helpful reply to my article (2012a) concerns Jon Elster’s struggle to develop a mechanistic account that sheds light on explanation in social science. I argue that a problem exists with Elster’s current conception of mechanistic explanation in social contexts. Chuang (2012) defends Elster’s conception against my critique. I still believe I have identified a problem with Elster’s conception. In this reply I want to recapitulate briefly Elster’s idea, as I understand it, and then use some of Chuang’s critical points to advance the position I advocate.
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  title        = {Social mechanisms and explaining how :  A reply to Kimberly Chuang},
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