Taming of Chance

ISBN-10: 0521388848

ISBN-13: 9780521388849

Edition: 1990

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In this important new study Ian Hacking continues the enquiry into the origins and development of certain characteristic modes of contemporary thought undertaken in such previous works as his best selling Emergence of Probability. Professor Hacking shows how by the late nineteenth century it became possible to think of statistical patterns as explanatory in themselves, and to regard the world as not necessarily deterministic in character. Combining detailed scientific historical research with characteristic philosophic breath and verve, The Taming of Chance brings out the relations among philosophy, the physical sciences, mathematics and the development of social institutions, and provides a unique and authoritative analysis of the "probabilization" of the Western world.
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/31/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 282
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Ian Hacking is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. He holds the chair of Philosophy and History of Concepts at the College de France. Among his many books, the most recent is Rewriting the Soul.

Lorraine Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universit�t, Berlin.Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and professor of medical history and science and technology studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Acknowledgements
The argument
The doctrine of necessity
Public amateurs, secret bureaucrats
Bureaux
The sweet despotism of reason
The quantum of sickness
The granary of science
Suicide is a kind of madness
The experimental basis of the philosophy of legislation
Facts without authenticity, without detail, without control, and without value
By what majority?
The law of large numbers
Regimental chests
Society prepares the crimes
The astronomical conception of society
The mineralogical conception of society
The most ancient nobility
Cassirer's thesis
The normal state
As real as cosmic forces
The autonomy of statistical law
A chapter from Prussian statistics
A universe of chance
Notes
Index
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