Probabilities, Causes and Propensities in Physics

  • Mauricio Suárez

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 347)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Probabilities

  3. Causes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Balazs Gyenis, Miklós Rédei
      Pages 157-171
    3. Mauricio Suárez, Iñaki San Pedro
      Pages 173-193
  4. Propensities

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-264

About this book

Introduction

This volume defends a novel approach to the philosophy of physics: it is the first book devoted to a comparative study of probability, causality, and propensity, and their various interrelations, within the context of contemporary physics -- particularly quantum and statistical physics. The philosophical debates and distinctions are firmly grounded upon examples from actual physics, thus exemplifying a robustly empiricist approach. The essays, by both prominent scholars in the field and promising young researchers, constitute a pioneer effort in bringing out the connections between probabilistic, causal and dispositional aspects of the quantum domain. The book will appeal to specialists in philosophy and foundations of physics, philosophy of science in general, metaphysics, ontology of physics theories, and philosophy of probability.

Keywords

Causal inference Causality Causation Foundations of probability Metaphysics Philosophy of physics Physics Probabilities Propensities Quantum Physics Quantum mechanics Statistical Physics

Editors and affiliations

  • Mauricio Suárez
    • 1
  1. 1.Fac. Filosofía, Depto. Lógica y Filosofía de la CienciaUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9904-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-9903-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-9904-5
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