- The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time
- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- Fatalism and the Future
- Time and Chance Propensities
- Time and Modality
- The Possibility of Discrete Time
- Presentism and the Space‐Time Manifold
- The Asymmetry of Influence
- The Flow of Time
- Time in Thermodynamics
- Prospects for Temporal Neutrality
- Time, Passage, And Immediate Experience
- Time in Action
- Time in Cognitive Development
- Temporal Experience
- Sharpening the Electromagnetic Arrow(s) of Time
- Time, Topology, and the Twin Paradox
- Time in the Special Theory of Relativity
- Time in Classical Dynamics
- Time Travel and Time Machines
- The CPT Theorem
- Time in Quantum Mechanics
- Time in Quantum Gravity
Abstract and Keywords
Advocates of the propensity interpretation conceive of probabilities as dispositions or tendencies inherent in certain physical situations that cause a particular pattern of outcomes. This chapter argues that the propensity interpretation of probabilities is implicitly connected to the assumption of an unreal future. Thinking that an unreal future is untenable in light of relativity theory, it argues that the intuitive “boost ” propensities get by this connection is illegitimate. Once sanitized of the connection, the chapter claims that propensities lose much of their appeal.
Carl Hoefer is ICREA Research Professor, Universitat de Barcelona and Professor of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario. He is a philosopher of physics interested in exploring issues of the metaphysics of nature in light of our best physical theories. He has published numerous papers on topics such as causality, laws of nature, probability and chance, and the natures of space, time, and spacetime. Hoefer has previously held positions at UC Riverside, the London School of Economics, and at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
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