Journal Article

Deterministic Chance?

Jonathan Schaffer

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 58, issue 2, pages 113-140
Published in print June 2007 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online May 2007 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axm002
Deterministic Chance?

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Can there be deterministic chance? That is, can there be objective chance values other than 0 or 1, in a deterministic world? I will argue that the answer is no. In a deterministic world, the only function that can play the role of chance is one that outputs just 0s and 1s. The role of chance involves connections from chance to credence, possibility, time, intrinsicness, lawhood, and causation. These connections do not allow for deterministic chance. 1

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Four Arguments for Deterministic Chance

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Four Conceptions of Deterministic Chance

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The Role of Chance

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The Case against Posterior Deterministic Chance

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The Case against Initial Deterministic Chance

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Epistemic Chance

Journal Article.  13191 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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