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Wesley Salmon is renowned for his seminal contributions to the philosophy of science. He has powerfully and permanently shaped discussion of such issues as lawlike and probabilistic explanation and the interrelation of explanatory notions to causal notions. This unique volume brings together twenty-six of his essays on subjects related to causality and explanation, written over the period 1971-1995. Six of the essays have never been published before and many others have only appeared in obscure venues. The volume includes a section of accessible introductory pieces, as well as more advanced and technical pieces, and will make essential work in the philosophy of science readily available to both scholars and students.



Contents

Introduction 3

Part I. Introductory Essays 11

1. A New Look at Causality 13
2. Determinism and Indeterminism in Modern Science 25
3. Comets, Pollen, and Dreams Some Reflections on Scientific Explanation 50
4. Scientific Explanation 68
5. The Importance of Scientific Understanding 79

Part II. Scientific Explanation 93

6. A Third Dogma of Empiricism 95
7. Causal and Theoretical Explanation 108
8. Why Ask, “Why?”? 125
9. Deductivism Visited and Revisited 142
10. Explanatory Asymmetry 164
11. Van Fraassen on Explanation 178

Part III. Causality 191

12. An “At-At” Theory of Causal Influence 193
13. Causal Propensities 200
14. Probabilistic Causality 208
15. Intuitions—Good and Not-So-Good 233
16. Causality Without Counterfactuals 248
17. Indeterminacy, Indeterminism, and Quantum Mechanics 261

Part IV. Concise Overviews 283

18. Causality 285
19. Scientific Explanation, How We Got from There to Here 302
20. Scientific Explanation, Three Basic Conceptions 320

Part V. Applications to Other Disciplines 331

21. Alternative Models of Scientific Explanation 333
22. Causality in Archaeological Explanation 347
23. Explanation in Archaeology 356
24. The Formulation of Why-Questions 364
25. Quasars, Causality, and Geometry 369
26. Dreams of a Famous Physicist 385

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