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In when explicating DN model, Carl Hempel and Paul Oppenheim had stated scientific explanation's semiformal conditions of adequacy CA , but acknowledged redundancy of the third, empirical content CA3 , implied by the other three: As conventionally conceived by philosophers of science, scientific explanation of a phenomenon was simply epistemic concerning knowledge , and centered on the phenomenon's counterfactual  derivability from initial conditions plus natural laws Hempel's covering law model. Salmon sought a "process theory" of causality to model "causality without counterfactuals", yet meet the "Humean empirical strictures".
Salmon explained causal processes as "the means by which causal influence is transmitted", and thus what "constitute precisely the objective physical causal connections which Hume sought in vain". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cambridge University Press, , pp 24— Oxford University Press, , p