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A philosophical guide to chance

Author: Toby Handfield
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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"It is a commonplace that scientific inquiry makes extensive use of probabilities, many of which seem to be objective chances, describing features of reality that are independent of our minds. Such chances appear to have a number of paradoxical or puzzling features: they appear to be mind-independent facts, but they are intimately connected with rational psychology; they display a temporal asymmetry, but they are  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Toby Handfield
ISBN: 9781107607354 1107607353 9781107013780 110701378X
OCLC Number: 768072067
Description: viii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The concept of chance --
2. The classical picture --
3. Ways the world might be --
4. Possibilities of thought --
5. Chance in phase space --
6. Possibilist theories of chance --
7. Actualist theories of chance --
8. Anti-realist theories of chance --
9. Chance in quantum physics --
10. Chance in branching worlds --
11. Time and evidence --
12. Debunking chance.
Responsibility: Toby Handfield, Monash University.
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An introduction to the philosophy of chance which challenges realist accounts of chance.  Read more...

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'With Toby Handfield's wonderfully lucid and scrupulously fair guide to chance, philosophers at all levels now have an invaluable aid in coming to grips with this fundamental and beautiful area of Read more...

 
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