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Chance in Boltzmannian statistical mechanics

Frigg, Roman (2008) Chance in Boltzmannian statistical mechanics. Philosophy of Science, 75 (5). pp. 670-681. ISSN 0031-8248

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Identification Number: 10.1086/594513

Abstract

In two recent papers Barry Loewer (2001, 2004) has suggested to interpret probabilities in statistical mechanics as chances in David Lewis’s (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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/page/phos/brief.h...
Additional Information: © 2008 The Philosophy of Science Association
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2010 15:15
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2010 15:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/29978

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