PSA 1972 pp 103-115 | Cite as

Randomness and Knowledge

  • J. Alberto Coffa
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 20)


Until recently, the debate concerning whether chance, randomness and disorder are ever instantiated in Nature has been considerably one-sided. Since Aristotle, the mainstream of philosophical thought seems to have been nearly unanimous in agreeing that these characters exist only ‘in the mind’. The shared conviction that every event has a cause or a determining condition led most philosophers who addressed themselves to the topic to the conclusion that there is no randomness in things.


Probabilistic Weight Reference Class Rational Belief Knowledge Situation Epistemic Attribute 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht-Holland 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Alberto Coffa
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of History and Philosophy of ScienceIndiana UniversityIndia

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