The Taming of Chance
By (author) Ian Hacking
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Taming of Chance by Ian Hacking
Book DescriptionIn this important study Ian Hacking continues the enquiry into the origins and development of certain characteristic modes of contemporary thought undertaken in such previous works as the best-selling The Emergence of Probability. Professor Hacking shows how by the late-nineteenth century it became possible to think of statistical patterns as explanatory in themselves, and to regard the world as not necessarily deterministic in character. In the same period the idea of human nature was displaced by a model of normal people with laws of dispersion. These two parallel transformations fed into each other, so that chance made the world seem less capricious: it was legitimated because it brought order out of chaos. Combining detailed scientific historical research with characteristic philosophic breadth and verve, The Taming of Chance brings out the relations between philosophy, the physical sciences, mathematics and the development of social institutions, and provides a unique and authoritative analysis of the 'probabilisation' of the western world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521388849
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-Aug-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ian Hacking
Logic of Statistical Inference, Paperback (August 2016)
This book showcases Ian Hacking's early ideas on the philosophical issues surrounding statistical reasoning.
Why is There Philosophy of Mathematics at All?, Paperback (January 2014)
Hacking explores how mathematics became possible for the human race, and how it ensured our status as the dominant species.
Exercises in Analysis, Paperback (April 2009)
This is a volume of specially commissioned essays of analytical philosophy, on topics of current interest in ethics and the philosophy of logic and language.
Emergence of Probability, Paperback (July 2006)» View all books by Ian Hacking
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