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Probability in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics

Frigg, Roman (2007) Probability in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics. [Preprint]


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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: Preprint
Frigg, Roman
Keywords: statistical mechanics, probability, objective chance, Humean chance, epistemic probability, objective Bayesianism, past hypothesis, fit, best system, Ludwig Boltzmann, David Lewis, Barry Loewer, David Albert
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Roman Frigg
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:15
Item ID: 3489

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