Individualist and Ensemblist Approaches to the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics

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Abstract

I will contrast the two main approaches to the foundations of statistical mechanics: The individualist (Boltzmannian) approach and the ensemblist approach (associated with Gibbs). I will indicate the virtues of each, and argue that the conflict between them is perhaps not as great as often imagined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-457
Number of pages19
JournalMonist
Volume102
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy

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