Reference : Fundamentality and Time's Arrow
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Fundamentality and Time's Arrow
Loew, Christian mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
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Philosophy of Science
University of Chicago Press
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[en] Direction of Time ; Fundamentality ; Grounding ; Thermodynamics ; Statistical Mechanics ; Tim Maudlin ; Past Hypothesis
[en] 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 (such as the so-called "past hypothesis"), enables a better explanation of the thermodynamic asymmetry than is available otherwise.

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