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A Philosophical Guide to Chance: Physical Probability Hardcover – June 18, 2012

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"With Toby Handfield's wonderfully lucid and scrupulously fair guide to chance, philosophers at all levels now have an invaluable aid in coming to grips with this fundamental and beautiful area of philosophy. With a minimum of fussy technicality, and a maximum of clarity, readers are gently introduced to many topics in the physics and metaphysics of chance, even topics at the cutting edge of current research. Handfield's own sophisticated variety of anti-realism about chance will be of interest to even the most seasoned observers of this debate, and prompt much fruitful discussion."
--Antony Eagle, Exeter College, University of Oxford

"...clearly written introductory study.... Even though the analysis is informed by both classical and non-classical physics, an impressive feature of this study is its accessibility for most university students. Overall, the book's arguments will be of more interest to philosophers than to physicists.... Recommended..."
--L.C. Archie, Lander University, CHOICE

"This is an excellent book. It is exceptionally clear and accessible, an ideal text for an undergraduate class on chance or the philosophy of physics. At the same time, it is cutting edge, critically engaging with and contributing to the recent literature on chance. Anyone interested in issues involving chance, whether ignorant of the literature or fully immersed in it, should get a copy."
--Christopher J. G. Meacham, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"...A Philosophical Guide to Chance is a stimulating, sharp and keenly argued book. The line of discussion is lucidly presented and well conceived."
-George Lăzăroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Linguistics and Philosophical Investigations

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A highly accessible introduction to the philosophy of chance, primarily for students and researchers in philosophy, but also for readers interested in the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics and thermodynamics. Develops a sceptical view which challenges realist accounts of chance.

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