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Chances of Explanation: Causal Explanation in the Social Medical and Physical Sciences Hardcover – January 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr; 1ST edition (January 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691073538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691073538
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,782,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A careful and sophisticated attempt to explicate the notion of explanation, especially in the probabilistic or statistical context."--Lawrence Sklar, The American Scientist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

"This work is by far the best thing written on probabilistic causality and probabilistic explanation to date."--Wesley C. Salmon, University of Pittsburgh

"The Chances of Explanation--which is, incidentally, extraordinarily clever and interesting--ought to be put into the hands of any social scientist who engages in probabilistic explanation of any sort."--Alan Ryan, Princeton University

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Paul Humphreys was born in London and has lived in the United States since 1971. His principal research interests are in the philosophy of science and he has written on a wide variety of topics including academic and popular essays on computational science and emergence.

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