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, Volume 80, Supplement 3, pp 551–574 | Cite as

The Best Humean System for Statistical Mechanics

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Abstract

Classical statistical mechanics posits probabilities for various events to occur, and these probabilities seem to be objective chances. This does not seem to sit well with the fact that the theory’s time evolution is deterministic. We argue that the tension between the two is only apparent. We present a theory of Humean objective chance and show that chances thus understood are compatible with underlying determinism and provide an interpretation of the probabilities we find in Boltzmannian statistical mechanics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific MethodLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK
  2. 2.ICREAUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterraSpain
  3. 3.Rotman Institute of PhilosophyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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