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What is the “Paradox of Phase Transitions?”

Elay, Shech (2012) What is the “Paradox of Phase Transitions?”. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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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
Depositing User: Mr. Elay Shech
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 05:38
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 05:38
Item ID: 9280

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