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Did the Universe Have a Chance?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2022

Abstract

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.

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Philosophy of Science , Volume 86 , Issue 5 , December 2019 , pp. 1262 - 1272
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Footnotes

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 Hicks for discussion, and to the audience at the 2018 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Seattle.

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