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The Best Humean System for Statistical Mechanics

Frigg, Roman and Hoefer, Carl (2013) The Best Humean System for Statistical Mechanics. Erkenntnis.

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Classical statistical mechanics posits probabilities for various events to occur, and these probabilities seem to be objective chances. This does not seem to sit well with the fact that the theory’s time evolution is deterministic. We argue that the tension between the two is only apparent. We present a theory of Humean objective chance and show that chances thus understood are compatible with underlying determinism and provide an interpretation of the probabilities we find in Boltzmannian statistical mechanics.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: Boltzmannian statistical mechanics, determinism, objective chances
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Roman Frigg
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2014 16:32
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 16:32
Item ID: 11227
Journal or Publication Title: Erkenntnis
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Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 16 October 2013

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