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

Print publication date: 2011 | Print ISBN-13: 9780199577439 |

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 | DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577439.001.0001 |

Show Summary Details
## Front Matter

###
1 Introduction

###
Claus Beisbart and Stephan Hartmann

## Part I PROBABILITIES IN STATISTICAL PHYSICS

###
4 The Past Histories of Molecules

###
Craig Callender

###
5 Entropy

###
Roman Frigg and Charlotte Werndl1

###
6 Probabilistic Modeling in Physics

###
Claus Beisbart

## Part II PROBABILITIES IN QUANTUM MECHANICS

###
7 Aspects of Probability in Quantum Theory

###
Michael Dickson

###
8 Probabilities in Realist Views of Quantum Mechanics

###
Christopher G. Timpson

###
10 Interpreting Probabilities in Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Statistical Mechanics

###
Laura Ruetsche and John Earman

## Part III PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES

###
11 Three Roads to Objective Probability1

###
Tim Maudlin

###
13 Probability out of Determinism

###
Michael Strevens

###
14 Can the World Beshown to be Indeterministic after all?

###
Christian Wüthrich

## End Matter