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Anvil or Onion? Determinism as a Layered Concept

Bishop, Robert C (2004) Anvil or Onion? Determinism as a Layered Concept. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Stephen Kellert (1993) has argued that Laplacean determinism in classical physics is actually a layered concept, where various properties or layers composing this form of determinism can be peeled away. Here, I argue that a layered conception of determinism is inappropriate and that we should think in terms of different deterministic models applicable to different kinds of systems. The upshot of this analysis is that the notion of state is more closely tied to the kind of system being investigated than is usually considered in discussions of determinism. So when investigating determinism corresponding changes to the appropriate notion of state–and, perhaps, the state space itself–also need to be considered.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Accepted for publication in Erkenntnis
    Keywords: Determinism, Physical Theories
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    Depositing User: Dr Robert C. Bishop
    Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2005
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2150
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2150

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