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Chance in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics

Frigg, Roman (2008) Chance in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics. Philosophy of Science , 75 (5). pp. 670-681.

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Abstract

In two recent papers Barry Loewer (2001, 2004) has suggested to interpret probabilities in statistical mechanics as Humean chances in David Lewis’ (1994) sense. I first give a precise formulation of this proposal, then raise two fundamental objections, and finally conclude that these can be overcome only at the price of interpreting these probabilities epistemically.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Frigg, Romanr.p.frigg@lse.ac.uk
Keywords: Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Roman Frigg
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 17:37
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2014 22:25
Item ID: 11215
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Official URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/594513
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 2008
Page Range: pp. 670-681
Volume: 75
Number: 5
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11215

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