David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of Science 62 (2):304-320 (1995)
One of the motivations for Salmon's (1984) causal theory of explanation was the explanatory irrelevance exhibited by many arguments conforming to Hempel's covering-law models of explanation. However, the nexus of causal processes and interactions characterized by Salmon is not rich enough to supply the necessary conception of explanatory relevance. Salmon's (1994) revised theory, which is briefly criticized on independent grounds, fares no better. There is some possibility that the two-tiered structure of explanation described by Salmon (1984) may be pressed into service, but more work would have to be done. Ironically, Salmon's difficulties are similar to those suffered by his seventeenth-century predecessors.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Henk W. De Regt & Dennis Dieks (2005). A Contextual Approach to Scientific Understanding. Synthese 144 (1):137 - 170.
Erik C. Banks (2010). Neutral Monism Reconsidered. Philosophical Psychology 23 (2):173-187.
Stuart Glennan (2010). Mechanisms, Causes, and the Layered Model of the World. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (2):362-381.
James Woodward & Christopher Hitchcock (2003). Explanatory Generalizations, Part I: A Counterfactual Account. Noûs 37 (1):1–24.
Michael Strevens (2004). The Causal and Unification Approaches to Explanation Unified—Causally. Noûs 38 (1):154–176.
Similar books and articles
E. A. Needham & Hugh Lehman (1991). Farming Salmon Ethically. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 4 (1):78-81.
Michael Bradie (1996). Ontic Realism and Scientific Explanation. Philosophy of Science 63 (3):321.
Phil Dowe (1992). An Empiricist Defence of the Causal Account of Explanation. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 6 (2):123 – 128.
Henk W. de Regt (2006). Wesley Salmon's Complementarity Thesis: Causalism and Unificationism Reconciled? International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 20 (2):129 – 147.
John L. King (1976). Statistical Relevance and Explanatory Classification. Philosophical Studies 30 (5):313 - 321.
Wesley C. Salmon (1971). Statistical Explanation & Statistical Relevance. [Pittsburgh]University of Pittsburgh Press.
Christopher Hitchcock (2004). Causal Processes and Interactions: What Are They and What Are They Good For? Philosophy of Science 71 (5):932-941.
Jaakko Kuorikoski & Petri Ylikoski (2010). Explanatory Relevance Across Disciplinary Boundaries: The Case of Neuroeconomics. Journal of Economic Methodology 17 (2):219–228.
Phil Dowe (1995). Causality and Conserved Quantities: A Reply to Salmon. Philosophy of Science 62 (2):321-333.
Christopher Read Hitchcock (1996). The Mechanist and the Snail. Philosophical Studies 84 (1):91 - 105.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads142 ( #13,338 of 1,725,584 )
Recent downloads (6 months)70 ( #15,055 of 1,725,584 )
How can I increase my downloads?