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Once and for all: the curious role of probability in the Past Hypothesis

Brown, Harvey R. (2017) Once and for all: the curious role of probability in the Past Hypothesis. [Preprint]

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The Past Hypothesis defended by David Wallace in his 2011 account of macroscopic irreversibility is technically distinct from, but in the same spirit as, that of David Albert in his 2000 book Time and Chance. I am concerned in this essay with the role of objective probability in both accounts, which I find obscure. Most of the analysis will be devoted to the classical treatments by both authors, but a final section will question whether Wallace's quantum version involving unitary dynamics removes this obscurity.


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Brown, Harvey R.
Keywords: Past Hypothesis, arrow of time, statistical mechanics, Boltzmann equation, probability, quantum theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Prof Harvey R Brown
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 14:17
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2017 14:17
Item ID: 13008
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 26 April 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13008

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