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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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Explanatory Asymmetry

Explanatory Asymmetry

A Letter to Professor Adolf Grünbaum from His Friend and Colleague

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(p.164) 10 Explanatory Asymmetry
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Causality and Explanation
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Wesley C. Salmon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195108647.003.0011

Provides a penetrating analysis of the temporal asymmetry of explanation; it gives reasons why the explanatory facts must precede, rather than follow, the fact to be explained. This is an issue of fundamental importance that has almost always been relegated to declarations based on unanalyzed philosophical or commonsense intuition.

Keywords:   asymmetry, explanation, Grünbaum

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