Undermined

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Australasian Journal of Philosophy, ISSN: 0004-8402, Vol: 94, Issue: 4, Page: 781-791

Publication Year:
2016
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12030
DOI:
10.1080/00048402.2016.1139604
Author(s):
Gordon Belot
Publisher(s):
Informa UK Limited
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Arts and Humanities
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A popular strategy for understanding the probabilities that arise in physics is to interpret them via reductionist accounts of chance—indeed, it is sometimes claimed that such accounts are uniquely well-suited to make sense of the probabilities in classical statistical mechanics. Here it is argued that reductionist accounts of chance carry a steep but unappreciated cost: when applied to physical theories of the relevant type, they inevitably distort the relations of probability that they take as input.

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