The Role of Chance in Explanation
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‘Those ice cubes melted because by melting total entropy increased and entropy increase has a very high objective chance.’ What role does the chance in this explanation play? I argue that it contributes to the explanation by entailing that the melting was almost necessary, and defend the claim that the fact that some event was almost necessary can, in the right circumstances, constitute a causal explanation of that event.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Australasian Journal of Philosophy
Taylor & Francis
Skow, Bradford. “The Role of Chance in Explanation.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92, no. 1 (January 2, 2014): 103–123.
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