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Thu Mar 9, 2023
4–6 PM
Philosophy Colloquium
Ezra Rubenstein
Towards a Neo-Classical Account of Probability

At the heart of the ‘classical’ approach to probability is the idea that the probability of a proposition quantifies the proportion of possible worlds in which it is true. This idea has a proud history, but it has fallen on hard times. I aim to rejuvenate it: I show how the laws of physics might yield well-defined sizes for sets of physically possible worlds, and argue that these sizes are apt to play the credence-guiding and frequency-explaining roles of probability.