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    The Coarse-Graining Approach to Statistical Mechanics: How Blissful is Our Ignorance?Katinka Ridderbos - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33 (1):65-77.
    In this paper I first argue that the objection which is most commonly levelled against the coarse-graining approach-viz. that it introduces an element of subjectivity into what ought to be a purely objective formalism-is ultimately unfounded. I then proceed to argue that two different objections to the coarse-graining approach indicate that it is an inadequate approach to statistical mechanics. The first objection is based on the fact that the appeal to appearances by the coarse-graining approach fails to justify the coarse-graining (...)
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    The Coarse-Graining Approach to Statistical Mechanics: How Blissful is Our Ignorance?Katinka Ridderbos - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33 (1):65-77.
  3. The Loss of Coherence in Quantum Cosmology.Katinka Ridderbos - 1999 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 30 (1):41-60.
    I analyse two different methods for the retrieval of a classical notion of spacetime from the theory of quantum cosmology in terms of the different means they employ to bring about the necessary loss of coherence. One method employs a direct coarse graining of the appropriate phase space, whereas the other method is based on decohering the system by the interaction with an environment. Although these methods are equivalent on a phenomenological level, I argue that conceptually the decoherence approach is (...)
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    Time’s Arrow Today: Recent Physical and Philosophical Work on the Direction of Time.Katinka Ridderbos & Steven F. Savitt - 1997 - Philosophical Review 106 (4):627.
    One of the questions that is addressed, from various perspectives, is the origin of time-asymmetry. Given the time-symmetry of the dynamical laws, all inferences about the future that are derivable from a dynamical theory are matched by inferences about the past. For Huw Price, who discusses the origins of cosmological time asymmetry, this is reason to treat all time-asymmetric cosmological theories with caution. He dismisses both the inflationary model and Stephen Hawking’s proposal to account for time-asymmetry with his famous “no (...)
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    The Loss of Coherence in Quantum Cosmology.Katinka Ridderbos - 1998 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 30 (1):41-60.
    I analyse two different methods for the retrieval of a classical notion of spacetime from the theory of quantum cosmology in terms of the different means they employ to bring about the necessary loss of coherence. One method employs a direct coarse graining of the appropriate phase space, whereas the other method is based on decohering the system by the interaction with an environment. Although these methods are equivalent on a phenomenological level, I argue that conceptually the decoherence approach is (...)
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    The Thermodynamic Arrow of Time in Quantum Cosmology.Katinka Ridderbos - 2003 - In A. Rojszczak, J. Cachro & G. Kurczewski (eds.), Philosophical Dimensions of Logic and Science. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 179--194.
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    The Loss of Coherence in Quantum Cosmology.Katinka Ridderbos - 1999 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 30 (1):41-60.
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    A Point Outside Time?Katinka Ridderbos - 1997 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 28 (4):523-535.
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    A Point Outside Time?Katinka Ridderbos - 1997 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 28 (4):523-535.
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    Time’s Arrow Today: Recent Physical and Philosophical Work on the Direction of Time.Katinka Ridderbos - 1997 - Philosophical Review 106 (4):627-628.
    One of the questions that is addressed, from various perspectives, is the origin of time-asymmetry. Given the time-symmetry of the dynamical laws, all inferences about the future that are derivable from a dynamical theory are matched by inferences about the past. For Huw Price, who discusses the origins of cosmological time asymmetry, this is reason to treat all time-asymmetric cosmological theories with caution. He dismisses both the inflationary model and Stephen Hawking’s proposal to account for time-asymmetry with his famous “no (...)
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