Probabilities, Laws, and Structures

ISBN: 978-94-007-3029-8 (Print) 978-94-007-3030-4 (Online)

Table of contents (36 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi

  2. Formal Methods

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      Pages 1-1

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      Dutch Book Arguments and Imprecise Probabilities

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      Pages 19-28

      Objectifying Subjective Probabilities: Dutch Book Arguments for Principles of Direct Inference

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      Pages 29-41

      The Foundations of Statistics: Inference vs. Decision

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      Pages 43-55

      On the Verisimilitude of Tendency Hypotheses

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      Pages 57-74

      Tweety, or Why Probabilism and even Bayesianism Need Objective and Evidential Probabilities

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      Pages 75-86

      Pluralism in Probabilistic Justification

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      Pages 87-106

      One Size Does Not Fit All: Proposal for a Prior-adapted BIC

  3. Philosophy of the Natural and Life Sciences

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      Pages 107-107

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      Pages 109-121

      Mathematical Biology and the Existence of Biological Laws

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      Pages 123-139

      On Empirical Generalisations

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      Pages 141-156

      The Limits of Interventionism – Causality in the Social Sciences

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      Pages 157-168

      Causal Realism

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      Pages 169-181

      Structural Invariants, Structural Kinds, Structural Laws

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      Pages 183-186

      Santa’s Gift of Structural Realism

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      Pages 187-199

      The Resilience of Laws and the Ephemerality of Objects: Can a Form of Structuralism be Extended to Biology?

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      Pages 201-215

      Natural Kinds, Conceptual Change, and the Duck-Bill Platypus: LaPorte on Incommensurability

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      Pages 217-230

      Essentialism About Kinds: An Undead Issue in the Philosophies of Physics and Biology?

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      Pages 231-244

      Biological Laws and Kinds Within a Conservative Reductionist Framework

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      Pages 245-262

      Why It Is Time to Move Beyond Nagelian Reduction

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      Pages 263-277

      Probability, Indeterminism and Biological Processes

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      Pages 279-294

      Bayesianism, Convergence and Molecular Phylogenetics

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