Explanation and Randomness

Citation data:

THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 2171-679X, Vol: 25, Issue: 1, Page: 59-73

Publication Year:
2010
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10328
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.740
Author(s):
Rolleri, José Luis
Publisher(s):
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
article description
The aim of this paper is to elaborate a notion of explanation which is applicable to stochastic processes such as quantum processes. The model-theoretic approach was adopted in order to delimit appropriate classes, by defining set-theoretical predicates, of different kinds of physical transformations that quantum systems suffer, either of transitions or of transmutations, by interaction or in a spontaneous manner. To explain a singular quantum process consists in showing that it is feasible to model it as an indeterministic process of certain specified kind.