From Arbuthnot to Boltzmann: The Past Hypothesis, the Best System, and the Special Sciences

Philosophy of Science 78 (5):1001-1011 (2011)
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In recent work on the foundations of statistical mechanics and the arrow of time, Barry Loewer and David Albert have developed a view that defends both a best system account of laws and a physicalist fundamentalism. I argue that there is a tension between their account of laws, which emphasizes the pragmatic element in assessing the relative strength of different deductive systems, and their reductivism or funda- mentalism. If we take the pragmatic dimension in their account seriously, then the laws of the special sciences should be part of our best explanatory system of the world, as well.
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Barry Loewer (1996). Humean Supervenience. Philosophical Topics 24 (1):101-127.
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