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Luck : the brilliant randomness of everyday life

Author: Nicholas Rescher
Publisher: Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Luck, one of our most eminent philosophers offers a realistic view of the nature and operation of luck to help us come to sensible terms with life in a chaotic world. Differentiating luck from fate (inexorable destiny) and fortune (mere chance), Nicholas Rescher weaves a colorful tapestry of historical examples, from the use of lots in the Old and New Testaments to Thomas Gatakerʹs treatise of 1619 on the great  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rescher, Nicholas.
Luck.
Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995
(OCoLC)696305723
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Rescher
ISBN: 0822957558 9780822957553
OCLC Number: 50527815
Description: ix, 237 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Introduction ----
I. Enigmas of Chance ---
II. Failures of Foresight ---
III. The Different Faces of Luck ---
IV. An Infinity of Accidents ---
V. Visions of Sugarplums ---
VI. The Philosophers of Gambling ---
VII. The Musings of Moralists ---
VIII. Can the Tiger Be Tamed? ---
IX. Life in a Halfway House ----
Appendix: taking luckʹs measure.
Responsibility: Nicholas Rescher.

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