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Scientific Explanation and the Causal Structure of the World.
The philosophical theory of scientific explanation proposed here involves a radically new treatment of causality that accords with the pervasively statistical character of contemporary science.
Four decades of scientific explanation
As Aristotle stated, scientific explanation is based on deductive argument - yet, Wesley C. Salmon points out, not all deductive arguments are qualified explanations. The validity of the explanation
Causality and Explanation
This unique volume brings together twenty-six of Wesley Salmon's essays on subjects related to causality and explanation, written over the period 1971-1995.
The foundations of scientific inference
Not since Ernest Nagel s 1939 monograph on the theory of probability has there been a comprehensive elementary survey of the philosophical problems of probablity and induction. This is an
Causality without Counterfactuals
  • W. Salmon
  • Philosophy
    Philosophy of Science
  • 1 June 1994
This paper presents a drastically revised version of the theory of causality, based on analyses of causal processes and causal interactions, advocated in Salmon (1984). Relying heavily on modified
Causality and Explanation: A Reply to Two Critiques
  • W. Salmon
  • Philosophy
    Philosophy of Science
  • 1 September 1997
This paper discusses several distinct process theories of causality offered in recent years by Phil Dowe and me. It addresses problems concerning the explication of causal process, causal
Scientific Explanation: Three Basic Conceptions
  • W. Salmon
  • Philosophy
    PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the…
  • 1 January 1984
By contrasting three general conceptions of scientific explanation, this paper seeks to clarify the explanandum and to exhibit the fundamental philosophical issues involved in the project of
Statistical explanation & statistical relevance
According to modern physics, many objectively improbable events actually occur, such as the spontaneous disintegration of radioactive atoms. Because of high levels of improbability, scientists are