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Deterministic Laws and Epistemic Chances

Myrvold, Wayne C. (2010) Deterministic Laws and Epistemic Chances. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    In this paper, a concept of chance is introduced that is compatible with deterministic physical laws, yet does justice to our use of chance-talk in connection with typical games of chance, and in classical statistical mechanics. We take our cue from what Poincare called "the method of arbitrary functions," and elaborate upon a suggestion made by Savage in connection with this. Comparison is made between this notion of chance, and David Lewis' conception.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Chance, probability, arbitrary functions, statistical mechanics.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    Depositing User: Wayne Myrvold
    Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2011 07:30
    Last Modified: 28 Apr 2011 07:30
    Item ID: 8585
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8585

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