Infinitesimal chances and the laws of nature

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Abstract

The 'best-system' analysis of lawhood [Lewis 1994] faces the 'zero-fit problem': that many systems of laws say that the chance of history going actually as it goes - the degree to which the theory 'fits' the actual course of history - is zero. Neither an appeal to infinitesimal probabilities nor a patch using standard measure theory avoids the difficulty. But there is a way to avoid it: replace the notion of 'fit' with the notion of a world being typical with respect to a theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
Volume82
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

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  • Philosophy

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