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La contingencia de las teorías de causación y explicación : comentarios sobre Paul Humphreys

Reiss, Julian (2005) La contingencia de las teorías de causación y explicación : comentarios sobre Paul Humphreys. Enrahonar: Quaderns de Filosofia, 37. pp. 35-44. ISSN 0211-402X

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In his article, «Theories of causation and explanation: necessarily true or domain-specific?», Paul Humphreys researches Wesley Salmon’s modal status of theories of causation and explanation. He attempts to show that though if indeed true, his later theories are barely contingently true, a stronger interpretation is possible and (at least he suggests) desirable. In this article, I accomplish four things. First, I ponder possible reasons for seeking a theory of causation and explanation that is stronger than merely contingent. Second, I show well-known counterexamples that demonstrate that Salmon’s theory is not universally true. Third, I show that although it is coherent to sustain a necessary domainspecific theory, arguing in favour of this theory would breach Salmon’s global empirical standpoint. Fourth, I briefly sketch an alternative interpretation of Salmon’s theory which would not hurt empirical feelings.

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Additional Information: © 2005 Indiana University
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2011 11:18
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2021 23:12

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