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Causality and Explanation$
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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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A New Look at Causality

A New Look at Causality

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(p.13) 1 A New Look at Causality
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Causality and Explanation
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Wesley C. Salmon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195108647.003.0002

Offers a novel approach, in terms of causal processes and causal interactions, to the fundamental philosophical problems raised by David Hume in the eighteenth century. His classic critique initiated a lively philosophical controversy that continues today. The author shows how twentieth‐century science, especially quantum mechanics with its challenges to determinism, has opened a new way to attack Hume's problems.

Keywords:   causal interaction, causation, determinism, Hume, quantum mechanics

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