Mechanisms in psychology: The road towards unity?

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Special Issue of Theory & Psychology entitled Mechanisms in psychology: The road towards unity?, edited by Marcin Miłkowski, Przemysław Nowakowski and myself is out.

Contributors include: Eric Hochstein, Marek Pokropski, William Bechtel, Mark Povich, Paweł Gładziejewski, Sabrina Golonka & Andrew Wilson, Matteo Colombo and Andreas Heinz, as well as Lawrence Shapiro.


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.


Special Issue is available on the website of Theory and Psychology, and out introductory paper is here.

Bibliographic data

Miłkowski, M., Hohol, M., Nowakowski, P. (Eds.) (2019). Mechanisms in psychology: The road towards unity?. Theory & Psychology, 29(5), 567–735.