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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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Dreams of a Famous Physicist

Dreams of a Famous Physicist

An Apology for Philosophy of Science

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(p.385) 26 Dreams of a Famous Physicist
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Causality and Explanation
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Wesley C. Salmon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195108647.003.0027

Explores in some depth the relationship between physics and philosophy of science. Here the author exposes misconceptions regarding philosophy of science that seem to pervade the attitudes of many physicists. He tries to show that philosophy of science is not the pointless enterprise that one famous physicist, Steven Weinberg, takes it to be. He discusses the anthropic principle, explanations of generalizations, explanatory asymmetry, and the possibility of a final theory. Because his argument depends crucially on explanation in physics, this essay is a fitting conclusion for the entire set of essays in this book.

Keywords:   anthropic principle, explanation, explanations of generalizations, explanatory asymmetry, final theory, philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, physics, Weinberg

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