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Causation, Principle of Common Cause and Theoretical Explanation: Wesley C. Salmon and G. W. F. Hegel (2012)


The aim of this article is to analyze the main contributions of Wesley C. Salmon to the philosophy of science, that is, his concepts of causation, common cause, and theoretical explanation, and to provide a critique of them. This critique will be based on a comparison of Salmon's concepts with categories developed by Hegel in his Science of Logic, and which can be applied to the issues treated by Salmon by means of the above given three concepts. It is the author's contention that by means of Hegelian categories it becomes possible to provide a critique of Salmon's philosophy of science and at the same time to enlarge the concept framework of philosophy of science.

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Authors & Contributors
Luzzini, Francesco
Bird, Alexander
Zamecki, Stefan
Frolov, Ivan Timofeevich
Belkina, G. L.
et al.
Social Studies of Science
Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Science and Education
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Il Protagora: Rivista di Filosofia e Cultura fondata da Bruno Widmar
Princeton University Press
Walter de Gruyter
Philosophy of science
Philosophers of science, modern
Historians of science, modern
Science studies, theoretical works
Philosophy of science, as a discipline
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Duhem, Pierre
Latour, Bruno
Cassirer, Ernst
Synowiecki, Adam Stanisław
Frolov, Ivan Timofeevich
United States
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
21st century

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