Probability in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics

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Time, Chance and Reduction. Philosophical Aspects of Statistical Mechanics. (Gerhard Ernst and Andreas Hüttemann (eds.)), Page: 92-118

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In two recent papers Barry Loewer (2001, 2004) has suggested to interpret probabilities in statistical mechanics as Humean chances in David Lewis’ (1994) sense. I first give a precise formulation of this proposal, then raise two fundamental objections, and finally conclude that these can be overcome only at the price of interpreting these probabilities epistemically.