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14. Mere Interactions at Work: A Catalog of Experiments

Lena Kästner


Reassessing some of the examples from chapter 2, this chapter will illustrate how different manipulations get used in scientific practice. A particular focus will be on experiments using mere interactions rather than Woodwardian interventions and mutual manipulation. Studies combining different kinds of manipulations (including mere interactions, pseudo-interventions, and interventions) will also be discussed. Over the course of this chapter, I will develop a catalog of experiments into which scientific studies can be classified according to the kind of research question they are investigating and the experimental manipulations they employ to this end. This is a project in philosophy of experimentation; it will help us gain a deeper understanding of how different kinds of explanatory information are acquired experimentally and how evidence from one experiment can be fed into designing subsequent ones.

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