Erkenntnis 80 (S3):551-574 (2015)

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Roman Frigg
London School of Economics
Carl Hoefer
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
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Classical statistical mechanics posits probabilities for various events to occur, and these probabilities seem to be objective chances. This does not seem to sit well with the fact that the theory’s time evolution is deterministic. We argue that the tension between the two is only apparent. We present a theory of Humean objective chance and show that chances thus understood are compatible with underlying determinism and provide an interpretation of the probabilities we find in Boltzmannian statistical mechanics
Keywords Statistical Mechanics   Probability
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