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Some Reflections on the Statistical Postulate: Typicality, Probability and Explanation between Deterministic and Indeterministic Theories

valiaallori, Valia (2020) Some Reflections on the Statistical Postulate: Typicality, Probability and Explanation between Deterministic and Indeterministic Theories. [Preprint]

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Abstract

A common way of characterizing Boltzmann’s explanation of thermodynamics in term of statistical mechanics is with reference to three ingredients: the dynamics, the past hypothesis, and the statistical postulate. In this paper I focus on the statistical postulate, and I have three aims. First, I wish to argue that regarding the statistical postulate as a probability postulate may be too strong: a postulate about typicality would be enough. Second, I wish to show that there is no need to postulate anything, for the typicality postulate can be suitably derived from the dynamics. Finally, I discuss how the attempts to give preference to certain stochastic quantum theories (such as the spontaneous collapse theory) over deterministic alternatives on the basis that they do not need the statistical postulate fail.


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valiaallori, Valiavaliaallori@fastmail.com0000-0002-8144-8549
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Dr Valia Allori
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2022 14:55
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2022 14:55
Item ID: 21437
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21437

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