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What is the “Paradox of Phase Transitions?”

Elay, Shech (2012) What is the “Paradox of Phase Transitions?”. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    I present a novel approach to the recent scholarly debate that has arisen with respect to the philosophical import one should infer from scientific accounts of “Phase Transitions,” by appealing to a distinction between “representation” understood as “denotation,” and “faithful representation” understood as a type of “guide to ontology.” It is argued that the entire debate of phase transitions is misguided for it stems from a pseudo-paradox that does not license the type of claims made by scholars, and that what is really interesting about phase transition is the manner by which they force us to rethink issues regarding scientific representation.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: phase transitions, scientific representation,emergence, reduction, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Mr. Elay Shech
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 01:38
    Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 01:38
    Item ID: 9280
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9280

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