Explanation and Randomness



Published 01-05-2010
José Luis Rolleri


The aim of this paper is to elaborate a notion of explanation which is applicable to stochastic processes such as quantum processes. The model-theoretic approach was adopted in order to delimit appropriate classes, by defining set-theoretical predicates, of different kinds of physical transformations that quantum systems suffer, either of transitions or of transmutations, by interaction or in a spontaneous manner. To explain a singular quantum process consists in showing that it is feasible to model it as an indeterministic process of certain specified kind.

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Rolleri, J. L. (2010). Explanation and Randomness. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 25(1), 59–73. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.740
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explanation, model, stochastic process, random event