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The scope of thermodynamics

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This thesis investigates the application of the laws of thermodynamics to various sub-systems of the universe. I begin by distinguishing between three different second laws: orthodox, statistical and probabilistic. After suggesting that entropy is best understood in means-relative terms, I then show that this interpretation does not imply an epistemic understanding of thermodynamics, pace Jaynes. I conclude the discussion of phenomenological thermodynamics by arguing that thermodynamics can...

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Philosophy Faculty
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University of Oxford
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University of Oxford
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University of Oxford
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University of Southern California
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University of Bristol
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DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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English
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2019-07-04

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