Hans Reichenbach. The Concept of Probability in the Mathematical Representation of Reality. Trans. and ed. Frederick Eberhardt and Clark Glymour. Chicago: Open Court, 2008. Pp. xi+154. $34.97 [Book Review]


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Flavia Padovani
Drexel University
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Hans Reichenbach has been not only one of the founding fathers of logical empiricism but also one of the most prominent figures in the philosophy of science of the past century. While some of his ideas continue to be of interest in current philosophical programs, an important part of his early work has been neglected, and some of it has been unavailable to English readers. Among Reichenbach’s overlooked (and untranslated) early works, his doctoral thesis of 1915, The Concept of Probability in the Mathematical Representation of Reality, deserves special attention, both for the topics covered and for its significance for a proper understanding of his intellectual trajectory. This volume anticipates most of the fundamental themes of his later philosophy. In particular, it addresses the issue of the application of probability statements to reality, as well as the relationship between probability and causality—questions that have been at the core of his research throughout his life.
Keywords Hans Reichenbach  probability  causality
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