Deterministic Chance?

Jonathan Schaffer

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Can there be deterministic chance? That is, can there be objective chance values other than 0 or 1, in a deterministic world? I will argue that the answer is no. In a deterministic world, the only function that can play the role of chance is one that outputs just Os and Is. The role of chance involves connections from chance to credence, possibility, time, intrinsicness, lawhood, and causation. These connections do not allow for deterministic chance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-140
Number of pages28
JournalBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


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