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Randomness is Unpredictability

Eagle, Antony (2005) Randomness is Unpredictability. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    The concept of randomness has been unjustly neglected in recent philosophical literature, and when philosophers have thought about it, they have usually acquiesced in views about the concept that are fundamentally flawed. After indicating the ways in which these accounts are flawed, I propose that randomness is to be understood as a special case of the epistemic concept of the unpredictability of a process. This proposal arguably captures the intuitive desiderata for the concept of randomness; at least it should suggest that the commonly accepted accounts cannot be the whole story and more philosophical attention needs to be paid.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
    Keywords: randomness prediction probability unpredictability indeterminism
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    Depositing User: Antony Eagle
    Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2005
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2134
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2134

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