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Single Idea 14804

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 7. Chance]

Full Idea

Chance is the name for some law that is unknown to us? If you say 'each die moves under the influence of precise mechanical laws', it seems to me it is not these laws which made the tie turn up sixes, for the laws act the same when other throws come up.

Gist of Idea

Is chance just unknown laws? But the laws operate the same, whatever chance occurs


Charles Sanders Peirce (The Doctrine of Necessity Examined [1892], p.333)

Book Reference

Peirce,Charles Sanders: 'Philosophical Writings of Peirce', ed/tr. Buchler,Justus [Dover 1940], p.333