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Wesley C. Salmon

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195108644

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195108647.001.0001

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Causal Propensities

Causal Propensities

Statistical Causality versus Aleatory Causality

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Causality and Explanation

Wesley C. Salmon

Oxford University Press

Argues that indeterministic causality cannot be explicated adequately by means of statistical‐relevance relations alone. Physical considerations are also required. The same point applies to deterministic causality. This essay sets the author's view of causality apart from standard treatments in terms of abstract relations such as necessary condition, sufficient condition, and statistical relevance. These relationships, in and of themselves, do not provide physical – or causal – connections.

Keywords:   deterministic causality, indeterministic causality, necessary condition, statistical relevance, sufficient condition

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