© 1988

Probability and Causality

Essays in Honor of Wesley C. Salmon

  • James H. Fetzer

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 192)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Probability, Causality, and Modality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. William Edward Morris
      Pages 43-77
    3. Ilkka Niiniluoto
      Pages 91-108
    4. James H. Fetzer
      Pages 109-132
    5. Wayne A. Davis
      Pages 133-160
    6. Brian Skyrms
      Pages 161-178
  4. Probability, Causality, and Decision

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Elliott Sober
      Pages 211-228
    3. D. H. Mellor
      Pages 229-239
    4. Richard Jeffrey
      Pages 241-251
    5. Paul Humphreys
      Pages 253-268
  5. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Wesley C. Salmon
      Pages 271-336
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 337-362

About this book


The contributions to this special collection concern issues and problems discussed in or related to the work of Wesley C. Salmon. Salmon has long been noted for his important work in the philosophy of science, which has included research on the interpretation of probability, the nature of explanation, the character of reasoning, the justification of induction, the structure of space/time and the paradoxes of Zeno, to mention only some of the most prominent. During a time of increasing preoccupation with historical and sociological approaches to under­ standing science (which characterize scientific developments as though they could be adequately analysed from the perspective of political movements, even mistaking the phenomena of conversion for the rational appraisal of scientific theories), Salmon has remained stead­ fastly devoted to isolating and justifying those normative standards distinguishing science from non-science - especially through the vindi­ cation of general principles of scientific procedure and the validation of specific examples of scientific theories - without which science itself cannot be (even remotely) adequately understood. In this respect, Salmon exemplifies and strengthens a splendid tradi­ tion whose most remarkable representatives include Hans Reichenbach, Rudolf Carnap and Carl G. Hempel, all of whom exerted a profound influence upon his own development.


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Editors and affiliations

  • James H. Fetzer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaDuluthUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Probability and Causality
  • Book Subtitle Essays in Honor of Wesley C. Salmon
  • Editors J.H. Fetzer
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2607-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-55608-052-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-3997-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 362
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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