Chapter

Statistical Laws

J. L. Mackie

in The Cement of the Universe

Published in print September 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246428
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597954 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198246420.003.0010

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

 Statistical Laws

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In this chapter, Mackie offers an analysis of what constitutes a statistical law. He suggests that the theory of limiting frequency is crucial to the notion of statistical laws. Mackie outlines three different types of statistical laws that he claims require distinguishing. He concedes that his analysis is in a sense incomplete and that there remains a lack of clarity regarding the intelligibility of the notion of what constitutes a statistical law. Nevertheless, Mackie concludes that the analysis of statistical laws given can be shown to accord with the account of causation developed in the previous chapters.

Keywords: causation; limiting frequency; statistical law

Chapter.  6857 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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