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Explanatory Asymmetry

Wesley C. Salmon

in Causality and Explanation

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195108644
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833627 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195108647.003.0011
Explanatory Asymmetry

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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

Chapter.  7204 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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