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Chance and Temporal Asymmetry$
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Alastair Wilson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673421

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673421.001.0001

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Probability in Physics: Stochastic, Statistical, Quantum

Probability in Physics: Stochastic, Statistical, Quantum

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(p.194) 10 Probability in Physics: Stochastic, Statistical, Quantum
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Chance and Temporal Asymmetry
Author(s):
Alastair Wilson
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673421.003.0010

This chapter defends an overtly pragmatic version of a Best System account of laws. David Albert and Barry Loewer’s version of such an account is critically examined, and it is argued that the account’s pragmatic dimension is in tension with the foundationalism to which Albert and Loewer also subscribe.

Keywords:   laws of nature, David Lewis, foundationalism, reductionism, pragmatism

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