Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Place of Probability in Science

In Honor of Ellery Eells (1953-2006)

Editors: Eells, Ellery, Fetzer, J.H. (Eds.)

  • Offers a comprehensive overview about the place of probability in science
  • Explains the role of probability in evolutionary theory and quantum mechanics
  • Includes new contribution from renowned philosophers as Elliott Sober, Ellery Eels and James H. Fetzer
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Science aims at the discovery of general principles of special kinds that are applicable for the explanation and prediction of the phenomena of the world in the form of theories and laws. When the phenomena themselves happen to be general, the principlesinvolved assume the form of theories; and when they are p- ticular, they assume the form of general laws. Theories themselves are sets of laws and de nitions that apply to a common domain, which makes laws indispensable to science. Understanding science thus depends upon understanding the nature of theories and laws, the logical structure of explanations and predictions based upon them, and the principles of inference and decision that apply to theories and laws. Laws and theories can differ in their form as well as in their content. The laws of quantum mechanics are indeterministic (or probabilistic), for example, while those of classical mechanics are deterministic (or universal) instead. The history of science re ects an increasing role for probabilities as properties of the world but also as measures of evidential support and as degrees of subjective belief. Our purpose is to clarify and illuminate the place of probability in science.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Probabilistic Causality and Causal Generalizations

    Eells, Ellery

    Pages 3-44

  • Probabilistic Causality and Causal Generalizations

    Hausman, Daniel M.

    Pages 47-63

  • The Possibility of Infinitesimal Chances

    Barrett, Martin

    Pages 65-79

  • Probabilistic Metaphysics

    Fetzer, James H.

    Pages 81-98

  • Chance and Necessity

    Spohn, Wolfgang

    Pages 101-131

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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3251-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Place of Probability in Science
Book Subtitle
In Honor of Ellery Eells (1953-2006)
Editors
  • Ellery Eells
  • J.H. Fetzer
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
284
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3615-5
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3615-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3614-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3251-3
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLIV, 368
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