Philosophy of Science 39 (4):500-506 (1972)

Wesley Salmon has advanced a new model of explanations of particular facts which requires that the explanans contain laws. The laws used in explanations (according to this model) are of the form P(A· C1,B)=p1... P(A· Cn,B)=pn. A condition imposed by Salmon on these laws is that the reference classes, i.e. A· C1... A· Cn, be homogenous with reference to the property B. A reference class A is homogenous with reference to a property B if every property which determines a place selection with reference to B within A is statistically irrelevant to B in A. It is argued here that the concept of homogeneity cannot in general be satisfied in scientific explanations and that even a weaker requirement, "epistemic homogeneity," may be too strong
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1086/288471
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 59,916
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Homogeneity and Explanatory Depth.John Meixner - 1979 - Philosophy of Science 46 (3):366-381.
Statistical Explanations.James H. Fetzer - 1972 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1972:337 - 347.
Statistical Explanation & Statistical Relevance.Wesley Salmon - 1971 - University of Pittsburgh Press.
Models of Intentional Explanation.Robrecht Vanderbeeken - 2004 - Philosophical Explorations 7 (3):233 – 246.
Objective Homogeneity Relativized.Joseph F. Hanna - 1986 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:422 - 431.
Are Statistical Explanations Possible?Lorenz Kruger - 1976 - Philosophy of Science 43 (1):129-146.
Indeterminism and Epistemic Relativization.Wesley C. Salmon - 1977 - Philosophy of Science 44 (2):199-202.
Contrastive, Non-Probabilistic Statistical Explanations.Bruce Glymour - 1998 - Philosophy of Science 65 (3):448-471.


Added to PP index

Total views
220 ( #43,384 of 2,433,169 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #213,468 of 2,433,169 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes