Contemporary Approaches to Statistical Mechanical Probabilities: A Critical Commentary - Part I: The Indifference Approach

Philosophy Compass 5 (12):1116-1126 (2010)
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This pair of articles provides a critical commentary on contemporary approaches to statistical mechanical probabilities. These articles focus on the two ways of understanding these probabilities that have received the most attention in the recent literature: the epistemic indifference approach, and the Lewis-style regularity approach. These articles describe these approaches, highlight the main points of contention, and make some attempts to advance the discussion. The first of these articles provides a brief sketch of statistical mechanics, and discusses the indifference approach to statistical mechanical probabilities.
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Craig Callender (2011). The Past Histories of Molecules. In Claus Beisbart & Stephan Hartmann (eds.), Probabilities in Physics. Oxford University Press. 83--113.
John Earman (2006). The “Past Hypothesis”: Not Even False. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 37 (3):399-430.

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