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What is the Problem about the Time‐Asymmetry of Thermodynamics?—A Reply to Price

Jill North

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 53, issue 1, pages 121-136
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/53.1.121
What is the Problem about the Time‐Asymmetry of Thermodynamics?—A Reply to Price

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Huw Price argues that there are two conceptions of the puzzle of the time‐asymmetry of thermodynamics. He thinks this puzzle has remained unsolved for so long partly due to a misunderstanding about which of these conceptions is the right one and what form a solution ought to take. I argue that it is Price's understanding of the problem which is mistaken. Further, it is on the basis of this and other misunderstandings that he disparages a type of account which does, in fact, hold promise of a solution.

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