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The Third Way on Objective Probability: A Sceptic's Guide to Objective Chance

Carl Hoefer
Mind
New Series, Vol. 116, No. 463 (Jul., 2007), pp. 549-596
Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of the Mind Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30163527
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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to sketch and defend a new interpretation or 'theory' of objective chance, one that lets us be sure such chances exist and shows how they can play the roles we traditionally grant them. The account is 'Humean' in claiming that objective chances supervene on the totality of actual events, but does not imply or presuppose a Humean approach to other metaphysical issues such as laws or causation. Like Lewis (1994) I take the Principal Principle (PP) to be the key to understanding objective chance. After describing the main features of Humean objective chance (HOC), I deduce the validity of PP for Humean chances, and end by exploring the limitations of Humean chance.

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