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Probability in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics

Frigg, Roman (2010) Probability in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics. Time, Chance and Reduction. Philosophical Aspects of Statistical Mechanics. (Gerhard Ernst and Andreas Hüttemann (eds.)). pp. 92-118.

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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: 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: 22 Dec 2014 16:34
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 16:34
Item ID: 11221
Journal or Publication Title: Time, Chance and Reduction. Philosophical Aspects of Statistical Mechanics. (Gerhard Ernst and Andreas Hüttemann (eds.))
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 2010
Page Range: pp. 92-118
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11221

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