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Does a Low-Entropy Constraint Prevent Us from Influencing the Past?

Frisch, Mathias (2007) Does a Low-Entropy Constraint Prevent Us from Influencing the Past? UNSPECIFIED.

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David Albert (2000) and Barry Loewer (2007) have argued that the temporal asymmetry of our concept of causal influence or control is grounded in the statistical mechanical assumption of a low-entropy past. In this paper I critically examine Albert's and Loewer's accounts.


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Frisch, Mathias
Keywords: Causation, Time, Thermodynamics, Past-Hypothesis
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Mathias Frisch
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:15
Item ID: 3390
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3390

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