McCoy, C.D. (2020) An Alternative Interpretation of Statistical Mechanics. Erkenntnis, 85 (1). pp. 121. ISSN 01650106
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In this paper I propose an interpretation of classical statistical mechanics that centers on taking seriously the idea that probability measures represent complete states of statistical mechanical systems. I show how this leads naturally to the idea that the stochasticity of statistical mechanics is associated directly with the observables of the theory rather than with the microstates (as traditional accounts would have it). The usual assumption that microstates are representationally significant in the theory is therefore dispensable, a consequence which suggests interesting possibilities for developing nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and investigating intertheoretic answers to the foundational questions of statistical mechanics.
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Keywords:  probability, statistical mechanics, theory interpretation  
Subjects:  Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics  
Depositing User:  Dr. Casey McCoy  
Date Deposited:  27 Feb 2020 05:01  
Last Modified:  27 Feb 2020 05:01  
Item ID:  16951  
Journal or Publication Title:  Erkenntnis  
Publisher:  Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)  
DOI or Unique Handle:  10.1007/s1067001800157  
Subjects:  Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics  
Date:  4 February 2020  
Page Range:  pp. 121  
Volume:  85  
Number:  1  
ISSN:  01650106  
URI:  http://philsciarchive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16951 
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