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Laws and Statistical Mechanics

Winsberg, Eric (2002) Laws and Statistical Mechanics. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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This paper explores some connections between competing conceptions of scientific laws on the one hand, and a problem in the foundations of statistical mechanics on the other. I examine two proposals for understanding the time asymmetry of thermodynamic phenomenal: David Albert’s recent proposal and a proposal that I outline based on Hans Reichenbach’s “branch systems”. I sketch an argument against the former, and mount a defense of the latter by showing how to accommodate statistical mechanics to recent developments in the philosophy of scientific laws.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Winsberg, Eric
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Eric Winsberg
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2003
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:11
Item ID: 1244
Public Domain: No
Conference Date: November 2002
Conference Location: Milwaukee

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