Philosophy Colloquium
Jan-Willem Romeijn
Groningen University
What are the chances?

In my talk I offer two answers to the above question. The first is semantical: I show that we can conceive of propositions about chance as empirical, and why this helps to make sense of the determination of chances in statistics. The second answer I give is metaphysical: chances come about because of the interplay between levels of description that cannot be made to mesh. As will be seen, both answers rely on early work about chances done by von Mises.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
3:30pm

Taliaferro 1103