The Matter of Chance
By (author) D.H. Mellor
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Matter of Chance by D.H. Mellor
Book DescriptionStatistical techniques and theories have become widely applied in the physical, biological and social sciences. The enormous increase in their scope and complexity has led to much philosophical discussion of their significance, and of the meaning in non-mathematical terms of the methods and concepts they employ. This book deals not so much with statistical methods as with the central concept of chance, or statistical probability, which statistical theories apply to nature. Examples range from the chance of a tossed coin falling heads to that of a man dying or a radioactive atom decaying in a fixed period of time. Chances seem, however, to be peculiar properties, and to belong to peculiar entitles, to events rather than to things.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521615983
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author D.H. Mellor
Mind, Meaning, and Reality, Hardback (September 2012)
Mind, Meaning, and Reality presents fifteen philosophical papers in which D. H. Mellor explores some of the most intriguing questions in philosophy. These include: what determines what we think, and what we use language to mean; how that depends on what there is in the world and why there is only one universe; and the nature of time.
Matters of Metaphysics, Paperback (November 2007)
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Ways of Communicating, Paperback (December 2005)
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Ramsey's Legacy, Hardback (July 2005)» View all books by D.H. Mellor
A collection of essays, offering fresh perspectives on Frank Ramsey's work and showing how relevant it is to modern-day concerns. This volume is useful for those interested in the history of philosophy and economics, as well as for practitioners and students of logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of science.
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Author Biography - D.H. Mellor
D. H. Mellor is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
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