, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 85-87
Date: 09 Oct 2012

On chance

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It has become standard to think that there are at least two varieties of probability: subjective and objective. The former is roughly identified as the degree of belief, or credence, of a rational agent, and the latter is typically associated with various systems in the world (see Hájek 2012 for more on various probability concepts). Objective probabilities, or chances, as they are often called, are thought to exist independently of what anyone thinks, and are the sort of thing that are properly studied by the natural sciences. As those familiar with all of this might have guessed, Toby Handfield’s A Philosophical Guide to Chance explores the latter kind of probability.

This book offers, in 12 very clear and accessible chapters, a philosophically rich discussion of chance that draws on relevant scientific considerations in a light and engaging way. The text is geared towards undergraduate students of philosophy who have had no or little training in either physics or mathematics, and eve ...