Chapter

Probability

Storrs McCall

in A Model of the Universe

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236221
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Probability

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This chapter is concerned with objective probability or objective chance. The entire branched model in fact can be regarded as embodying an inexhaustible variety of objective, de re probability values. This chapter explores the consequences of employing a branched definition of probability, and examines the similarities and differences between this approach and other theories of probability which philosophers have proposed and adopted. There are four main different conceptions of probability currently accepted by probability theorists: the logical, relative frequency, subjective, and propensity theories. This chapter surveys each of them briefly and then compares them with the branched interpretation.

Keywords: probability; branched model; relative frequency; propensity theory; subjective theory; probability values; branched interpretation

Chapter.  8952 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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