Mechanisms in psychology: The road towards unity?

Type Journal Article
Author Marcin Miłkowski
Author Mateusz Hohol
Author Przemysław Nowakowski
URL https://doi.org/10.1177/0959354319875218
Volume 29
Issue 5
Pages 567-578
Publication Theory & Psychology
ISSN 0959-3543
Date October 1, 2019
Journal Abbr Theory & Psychology
DOI 10.1177/0959354319875218
Accessed 2019-10-18 13:49:47
Library Catalog SAGE Journals
Language en
Abstract The focus of this special issue of Theory & Psychology is on explanatory mechanisms in psychology, especially on problems of particular prominence for psychological science such as theoretical integration and unification. Proponents of the framework of mechanistic explanation claim, in short, that satisfactory explanations in psychology and related fields are causal. They stress the importance of explaining phenomena by describing mechanisms that are responsible for them, in particular by elucidating how the organization of component parts and operations in mechanisms gives rise to phenomena in certain conditions. We hope for cross-pollination between philosophical approaches to explanation and experimental psychology, which could offer methodological guidance, in particular where mechanism discovery and theoretical integration are at issue. Contributions in this issue pertain to theoretical integration and unification of psychology as well as the growing importance of causal mechanistic explanations in psychological science.
Short Title Mechanisms in psychology

Source: Publications

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