Beisbart, Claus (2013) Good just isn't good enough  Humean chances and Boltzmannian statistical physics. [Preprint]
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Statistical physicists assume a probability distribution over microstates to explain thermodynamic behavior. The question of this paper is whether these probabilities are part of a best system and can thus be interpreted as Humean chances. I consider two Boltzmannian accounts of the Second Law, viz. a globalist and a localist one. In both cases, the probabilities fail to be chances because they have rivals that are roughly equally good. I conclude with the diagnosis that welldefined microprobabilities underestimate the robust character of explanations in statistical physics.
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Additional Information:  submitted to the Proceedings of ESF workshops ``New directions in the philosophy of science'' in the PSE Series ``The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective''  
Keywords:  ontic probability, D. Lewis, thermodynamics, Boltzmannian statistical physics  
Subjects:  Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics 

Depositing User:  Claus Beisbart  
Date Deposited:  31 Mar 2014 13:56  
Last Modified:  31 Mar 2014 13:56  
Item ID:  10584  
Subjects:  Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics 

Date:  2013  
URI:  http://philsciarchive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10584 
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