"Invariably stimulating and frequently brilliant, [the essays] develop a powerful realist conception of scientific explanation--in which probabilistic and causal relations play starring roles--as well as a distinctive "process-based" account of causality. Salmon's skillful elaboration of these and other, closely-related themes makes the volume essential reading for philosophers of science interested in explanation, causation, and their interrelationships."--Philosophy of Science
"A rich collection of interesting papers. Since it holds a number of introductory pieces along with advanced essays and review articles, the volume will be accessible to a broad audience and will work well in philosophy of science courses. Useful to all those interested in the topic, from students to professionals, this overdue collection of papers by a major figure in the field will be an essential addition to the collections of all philosophers of science."--Lawrence Sklar, University of Michigan
"...Salmon has been exploring the nature of scientific understanding for his long professional life, and in these wise, beautifully written essays he advances the explanation of scientific explanation yet a little more....A very illuminating work, highly recommended."--Choice
About the Author
Wesley C. Salmon is at University of Pittsburgh.