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Probabilities in Physics

Claus Beisbart and Stephan Hartmann

Abstract

Many theories and models from physics are probabilistic. This observation raises several philosophical questions: What are probabilities in physics? Do they reflect objective chances which exist independently of the human mind? Or do they only express subjective credences and thus capture our own uncertainty about the world? Finally, which metaphysical lessons, if at all, can one draw from the largely probabilistic character of physics? The chapters collected in this volume address these questions and provide a detailed philosophical appraisal of the status of probabilities in all of physics. ... More

Keywords: probabilities, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, models, chances, credences, determinism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577439.001.0001

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Claus Beisbart, editor
Dortmund University of Technology

Stephan Hartmann, editor
Tilburg University
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