The Interplay of Chance and Causality

  • Kenneth G. Denbigh


The following chapters will be about three distinctive kinds of temporal change: processes occurring in inanimate nature; processes of the living; and finally processes related to consciousness. Questions to be asked will include how these processes are to be characterised, and to what extent they are really distinct from each other. First, however, I need to take up a very general issue: Whether these kinds of process are fully ‘law-bound’, or whether they exhibit chance effects or randomness. This is the long-debated issue about determinism versus indeterminism.


Particle Decay Chance Event Infinite Regress Past Light Cone Nuclear Phenomenon 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth G. Denbigh
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  1. 1.Council for Science and SocietyGB-LondonUK

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