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  1. Wesley Salmon (2010). The Causal Structure of the World. Metatheoria 1 (1).
    The aim of this talk unpublished until now, and that constitutes the last contribution of the author to this topic, is to show how Hans Reichenbach’s work “Die Kausalstruktur der Welt und der Unterschied zwischen Vergangenheit und Zukunft” , published in 1925, and significantly expanded and revised in the posthumously published book in 1956, The Direction of Time, inspires substantially part of the work that is carried out in the domain of causality at the beginning of the twenty first century.
     
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  2. Wesley C. Salmon (2009). The Scope of Logic. In Steven M. Cahn (ed.), Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology. Oxford University Press.
     
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  3. Jukka Keränen & Wesley Salmon (2005). Explanatoriness: Cause Versus Craig. Synthese 143 (1-2):125 - 147.
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  4. Wesley C. Salmon (2005). Reality and Rationality. Oxford University Press.
    This volume of articles (most published, some new) is a follow-up to the late Wesley C. Salmon's widely read collection Causality And Explanation (OUP 1998). It contains both published and unpublished articles, and focuses on two related areas of inquiry: First, is science a rational enterprise? Secondly, does science yield objective information about our world, even the aspects that we cannot observe directly? Salmon's own take is that objective knowledge of the world is possible, and his work in these articles (...)
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  5. Paolo Parrlmi, Wesley C. Salmon & Merrilee H. Salmon (2004). Empiricism: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003. This Volume Presents Seventeen Essays (Not Eleven, as the Publisher Inexplicably Claims) by a Diverse Group of Philosophers That Arose Out of a Conference In. [REVIEW] In Friedrich Stadler (ed.), Induction and Deduction in the Sciences. Springer. 331.
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  6. Wesley C. Salmon (2003). Commit It Then to the Flames. In Paolo Parrini, Wes Salmon & Merrilee Salmon (eds.), Logical Empiricism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Pittsburgh University Pres. 375.
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  7. Wesley Salmon (2001). Duch logického empirizmu: Miesto Carla G. Hempela vo filozofii vedy 20. storočia. Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 8 (3):287-304.
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  8. Wesley Salmon (2001). Scientific Understanding in the Twentieth Century. Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 8:289-304.
    As we come to the end of the century and the millennium, there is an irresistible temptation, especially for those of us who are old, to look back and try to assess the progress, if any, that has accrued. When I refer to scientific understanding, my aim is not to examine the understanding of science — i.e., how adequately people understand physics, psychology, biology, geology, etc. — but rather, to consider the kind of understanding that science furnishes to us. I (...)
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  9. Wesley C. Salmon (2001). Explaining Things Probabilistically. The Monist 84 (2):208-217.
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  10. Wesley C. Salmon (2000). Quasars, Causality, and Geometry. In Peter K. Machamer, Marcello Pera & Aristeidēs Baltas (eds.), Scientific Controversies: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives. Oxford University Press. 254.
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  11. Wesley Salmon (1999). Ornithology in a Cubical World: Reichenbach on Scientific Realism. Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 7:303-315.
    Experience and Prediction was Hans Reichenbach’s major epistemological treatise1 He regarded it as his refutation of logical positivism. The main theme of this book — the foundation for his critique of positivism — is his thoroughgoing probabilism. It is interesting to note that in 1933 Reichenbach published a glowing review of Rudolf Carnap’s Der Logische Aufbau der Welt, his only criticism being an inability to see how probability could fit into the picture. In the first chapter of Experience and Prediction (...)
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  12. Wesley C. Salmon (1999). The Spirit of Logical Empiricism: Carl G. Hempel's Role in Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science. Philosophy of Science 66 (3):333-350.
    In this paper, I discuss the key role played by Carl G. Hempel's work on theoretical realism and scientific explanation in effecting a crucial philosophical transition between the beginning and the end of the twentieth century. At the beginning of the century, the dominant view was that science is incapable of furnishing explanations of natural phenomena; at the end, explanation is widely viewed as an important, if not the primary, goal of science. In addition to its intellectual benefits, this transition (...)
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  13. Wesley C. Salmon (1998). Causality and Explanation. Oxford University Press.
    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 (...)
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  14. Wesley C. Salmon (1997). Causality and Explanation: A Reply to Two Critiques. Philosophy of Science 64 (3):461-477.
    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 interaction, and causal transmission, whether given in terms of transmission of marks, transmission of invariant or conserved quantities, or mere possession of conserved quantities. Renouncing the mark-transmission and invariant quantity criteria, I accept a conserved quantity theory similar to Dowe's--differing basically with respect to causal transmission. This paper also responds to several fundamental (...)
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  15. Marcello Pera & Wesley C. Salmon (1995). The Ambiguous Frog: The Galvani-Volta Controversy on Animal Electricity. Philosophy of Science 62 (1):161.
     
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  16. Wesley C. Salmon (1995). Book Review:The Ambiguous Frog: The Galvani-Volta Controversy on Animal Electricity Marcello Pera, Jonathan Mandelbaum. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 62 (1):164-.
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  17. Wesley C. Salmon (1994). Causality Without Counterfactuals. Philosophy of Science 61 (2):297-312.
    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 versions of proposals by P. Dowe, this article answers penetrating objections by Dowe and P. Kitcher to the earlier theory. It shows how the new theory circumvents a host of difficulties that have been raised in the literature. The result is, I hope, a more satisfactory analysis of physical causality.
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  18. Wesley C. Salmon & Anne Fagot-Largeault (1994). Four Decades of Scientific Explanation. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 16 (2):355.
     
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  19. Wesley C. Salmon & Gereon Wolters (eds.) (1994). Logic, Language, and the Structure of Scientific Theories. University of Pittsburgh Press.
     
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  20. Wesley C. Salmon & Gereon Wolters (1994). Logic, Language, and the Structure of Scientific Theories Proceedings of the Carnap-Reichenbach Centennial, University of Konstanz, 21-24 May 1991. [REVIEW] Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  21. Wesley C. Salmon (1993). The Value of Scientific Understanding. Philosophica 51.
  22. Wesley Salmon (1992). Ragionamento informale e regole formali. Nuova Civiltà Delle Macchine 10 (3/4):27-37.
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  23. Ronald Giere, Wesley Salmon & Paul Thagard (1991). Knowledge in Flux. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 42 (4):557-575.
     
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  24. Wesley C. Salmon (1991). Hans Reichenbach's Vindication of Induction. Erkenntnis 35 (1-3):99 - 122.
    Reichenbach sought to resolve Hume's problem of the justification of induction by means of a pragmatic vindication that relies heavily on the convergence properties of his rule of induction. His attempt to rule out all other asymptotic methods by an appeal to descriptive simplicity was unavailing. We found that important progress in that direction could be made by invoking normalizing conditions (consistency) and methodological simplicity (as a basis for invariance), but that they did not do the whole job. I am (...)
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  25. Wesley Salmon (1990). Rationality and Objectivity in Science or Tom Kuhn Meets Tom Bayes. In C. Wade Savage (ed.), Scientific Theories. University of Minnesota Press. 14--175.
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  26. Wesley C. Salmon (1990). Causal Propensities: Statistical Causality Vs. Aleatory Causality. Topoi 9 (2):95-100.
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  27. Wesley C. Salmon (1990). Philosophy and the Rise of Modern Science. Teaching Philosophy 13 (3):233-239.
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  28. Wesley C. Salmon (1990). Scientific Explanation: Causation and Unification. Critica 22 (66):3 - 23.
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  29. Wesley C. Salmon (1990). The Appraisal of Theories: Kuhn Meets Bayes. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:325 - 332.
    This paper claims that adoption of Bayes's theorem as the schema for the appraisal of scientific theories can greatly reduce the distance between Kuhnians and logical empiricists. It is argued that plausibility considerations, which Kuhn considered outside of the logic of science, can be construed as prior probabilities, which play an indispensable role in the logic of science. Problems concerning likelihoods, especially the likelihood on the "catchall," are also considered. Severe difficulties concerning the significance of this probability arise in the (...)
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  30. Philip Kitcher & Wesley Salmon (eds.) (1989). Scientific Explanation. Univ of Minnesota Pr.
    Studdert-Kennedy, Gerald, Evidence and Explanation in Social Science. ... Kauffman, Stuart, "Articulation of Parts Explanation in Biology and the Rational ...
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  31. Philip Kitcher & Wesley C. Salmon (1989). Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science 13.
     
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  32. Wesley C. Salmon (1989). 4 Decades of Scientific Explanation. Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science 13:3-219.
     
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  33. James H. Fetzer & Wesley C. Salmon (1988). Probability and Causality Essays in Honor of Wesley C. Salmon. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  34. Adolf Grünbaum & Wesley C. Salmon (1988). The Limitations of Deductivism. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  35. Wesley Salmon (1988). Statistical Explanation and Causality. In Joseph C. Pitt (ed.), Theories of Explanation. Oxford University Press.
     
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  36. Philip Kitcher & Wesley Salmon (1987). Van Fraassen on Explanation. Journal of Philosophy 84 (6):315-330.
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  37. Wesley C. Salmon (1985). Conflicting Conceptions of Scientific Explanation. Journal of Philosophy 82 (11):651-654.
  38. Wesley Salmon (1984). Scientific Explanation and the Causal Structure of the World. Princeton University Press.
  39. Wesley C. Salmon (1984). 3. In Scientific Explanation and the Causal Structure of the World. Princeton University Press. 78-109.
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  40. Wesley C. Salmon (1984). Scientific Explanation: Three Basic Conceptions. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:293 - 305.
    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 explicating scientific explanation. The three conceptions--epistemic, modal, and ontic--have both historical and contemporary importance. In the context of Laplacian determinism, they do not seem importantly distinct, but in the context of irreducibly statistical explanations, the three are seen to diverge sharply. The paper argues for a causal/mechanical version of the ontic conception, and concludes (...)
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  41. Wesley C. Salmon (1983). Confirmation and Relevance. In Peter Achinstein (ed.), The Concept of Evidence. Oxford University Press.
     
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  42. Wesley C. Salmon (1983). Carl G. Hempel on the Rationality of Science. Journal of Philosophy 80 (10):555-562.
  43. Wesley C. Salmon (1982). Probabilistic Explanation: Introduction. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:179 - 180.
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  44. Wesley C. Salmon (1981). Hans Reichenbach: Logical Empiricist. Philosophical Review 90 (3):448-453.
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  45. Wesley C. Salmon (1981). In Praise of Relevance. Teaching Philosophy 4 (3/4):261-275.
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  46. Wesley C. Salmon (1981). Rational Prediction. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 32 (2):115-125.
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  47. Maria Reichenbach, Robert S. Cohen & Wesley C. Salmon (1980). Hans Reichenbach, Selected Writings, 1909-1953. Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 11 (2):407-412.
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  48. Wesley C. Salmon (1980). Comments on Clark Glymour's Explanations, Tests, Unity and Necessity. Noûs 14 (1):51-52.
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  49. Wesley C. Salmon (1980). Causation (Oxford Readings in Philosophy). Oxford Up.
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  50. Wesley C. Salmon (1980). Causality: Production and Propagation. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:49 - 69.
    A theory of causality based upon physical processes is developed. Causal processes are distinguished from pseudo-processes by means of a criterion of mark transmission. Causal interactions are characterized as those intersections of processes in which the intersecting processes are mutually modified in ways which persist beyond the point of intersection. Causal forks of three kinds (conjunctive, interactive, and perfect) are introduced to explicate the principle of the common cause. Causal forks account for the production of order and modifications of order; (...)
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