Did the universe have a chance?

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In a world awash in statistical patterns, should we conclude that the universe’s evolution or genesis is somehow subject to chance? I draw attention to alternatives that must be acknowledged if we are to have an adequate assessment of what chance the universe might have had.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1262-1272
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I am grateful to Heather Demarest for commenting on this essay at the 2018 Society for the Metaphysics of Science Conference in Milan. Thanks also to Richard Dawid, Alex Franklin, and Mike Hicks for discussion, and to the audience at the 2018 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Seattle.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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