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Philosophies 2017, 2(3), 20; doi:10.3390/philosophies2030020

The Interpretation of Probability: Still an Open Issue? 1

Department of Philosophy and Communication, University of Bologna, Via Zamboni 38, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Received: 19 July 2017 / Revised: 18 August 2017 / Accepted: 19 August 2017 / Published: 29 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Logic, Inference, Probability and Paradox)
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Probability as understood today, namely as a quantitative notion expressible by means of a function ranging in the interval between 0–1, took shape in the mid-17th century, and presents both a mathematical and a philosophical aspect. Of these two sides, the second is by far the most controversial, and fuels a heated debate, still ongoing. After a short historical sketch of the birth and developments of probability, its major interpretations are outlined, by referring to the work of their most prominent representatives. The final section addresses the question of whether any of such interpretations can presently be considered predominant, which is answered in the negative. View Full-Text
Keywords: probability; classical theory; frequentism; logicism; subjectivism; propensity probability; classical theory; frequentism; logicism; subjectivism; propensity
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