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|Name: Assistant Professor Brad Weslake|
|Institution: University of Rochester|
|Title: Statistical Mechanical Imperialism|
|Abstract: I argue against the claim, advanced by David Albert and Barry Loewer, that all non-fundamental laws can be derived from those required to underwrite the second law of thermodynamics. My argument generalises in two ways. First, I identify a dilemma for any theory according to which the non-fundamental laws are just those generalisations that are probable, conditional on some description of the state of the world at a time. Second, I argue that the explanatory power of non-fundamental laws supports a form of non-reductionism with respect to the fundamental laws.|
|Keywords: laws, reduction, statistical mechanics, probability, explanation|