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A Justification of the Probabilistic Explanation of the Entropy Principle

Jodoin, Laurent (2020) A Justification of the Probabilistic Explanation of the Entropy Principle. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In many ways, entropy and probability are two concepts that complement each other. But it has been argued that there is no ‘straightforward connection’ between them with a no-go thesis from Davey (2008). However, this skeptical conclusion rests upon counterexamples that fail to do justice to the entropy principle and the equivocality of the notion of probability. Proceeding from the disambiguation of probability, and acknowledging the explanatory goal of the entropy principle, it is argued that the Boltzmannnian statistical mechanics (BSM) account can be vindicated with a justification of the explanandum, the reference class and the standard uniform probability measure.


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Jodoin, Laurentlaurentjodoin@hotmail.com0000-0001-8645-3411
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Dr Laurent Jodoin
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2020 02:45
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2020 02:45
Item ID: 16895
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 2 February 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16895

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