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Chance and Temporal Asymmetry

Alastair Wilson

Abstract

This volume is a collection of cutting-edge research papers in scientifically informed metaphysics, tackling a range of philosophical puzzles which have emerged from recent work on chance and temporal asymmetry. How do the probabilities found in fundamental physics and the probabilities of the special sciences relate to one another? How can we account for the normative significance of chance? Can constraints on the initial conditions of the universe underwrite the second law of thermodynamics, and potentially also all other lawlike regularities? How does contemporary quantum theory bear on deb ... More

Keywords: Chance, time, temporal asymmetry, probability, reduction, Principal Principle, arrow of time, metaphysics, philosophy of physics, philosophy of probability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673421
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673421.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alastair Wilson, editor
University of Birmingham