PSA 1974 pp 393-422 | Cite as

Two Forms of Determinism

  • Peter Kirschenmann
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 32)


Philosophers are continually challenged to comprehend chance phenomena and probabilistic relationships. Those cases are especially intriguing in which we speak of chance or probability but can hardly attribute this manner of speaking to our being partially or totally ignorant of the situations in question. Those cases, then, can be taken to possess chance as an objective feature. In its intent, this paper is restricted to a discussion of such cases. Among objective chance relationships there is one kind which seems especially incomprehensible. These are stochastic relationships, i.e., chance relationships between consecutive states of physical systems. The existence of such relationships offends the common conviction that the temporal evolution or succession of states in physical systems is fully deterministic.


State Space Stochastic System Stochastic Theory Admissible State Subsequent State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Kirschenmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Clarkson College of TechnologyPotsdamUSA

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