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 Overview 2 Four Arguments for Deterministic Chance 3 Four Conceptions of Deterministic Chance 4 The Role of Chance 5 The Case against Posterior Deterministic Chance 6 The Case against Initial Deterministic Chance 7 Epistemic Chance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-140
Number of pages28
JournalBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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