Philosophy of Science 85 (3):483-500 (2018)

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Christian Loew
Umeå University
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The distribution of matter in our universe is strikingly time asymmetric. Most famously, the Second Law of Thermodynamics says that entropy tends to increase toward the future but not toward the past. But what explains this time-asymmetric distribution of matter? In this paper, I explore the idea that time itself has a direction by drawing from recent work on grounding and metaphysical fundamentality. I will argue that positing such a direction of time, in addition to time-asymmetric boundary conditions, enables a better explanation of the thermodynamic asymmetry than is available otherwise.
Keywords Fundamentality  Grounding  Direction of Time  Thermodynamics  Statistical Mechanics  Tim Maudlin  Past Hypothesis
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DOI 10.1086/697748
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