Pluralistic Mechanism

Abel Wajnerman Paz

Abstract


An argument recently proposed by Chirimuuta (2014) seems to motivate the rejection of the claims that every neurocognitive phenomenon can have a mechanistic explanation and that every neurocognitive explanation is mechanistic. In this paper, I focus on efficient coding models involving the so-called "canonical neural computations" and argue that although they imply some form of pluralism, they are compatible with two mechanistic generalizations: all neurocognitive explanations are (at least in part) mechanistic; and all neurocognitive phenomena that have an explanation have (at least) a purely mechanistic explanation. 


Keywords


pluralism, mechanism, optimality, neural computation, neural coding

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.16877