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Degeneration and Entropy

Chua, Eugene Y. S. (2021) Degeneration and Entropy. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Lakatos’s analysis of progress and degeneration in the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes is well-known. Less known, however, are his thoughts on degeneration in Proofs and Refutations. I propose and motivate two new criteria for degeneration based on the discussion in Proofs and Refutations – superfluity and authoritarianism. I show how these criteria augment the account in Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes, providing a generalized Lakatosian account of progress and degeneration. I then apply this generalized account to a key transition point in the history of entropy – the transition to an information-theoretic interpretation of entropy – by assessing Jaynes’s 1957 paper on information theory and statistical mechanics.


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Chua, Eugene Y. S.eychua@ucsd.edu0000-0002-3169-7563
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in Lakatos's Undone Work: The Practical Turn and the Division of Philosophy of Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, special issue of Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy. Edited by S. Nagler, H. Pilin, and D. Sarikaya.
Keywords: Lakatos, Jaynes, Philosophy of Science, Entropy, Information Theory, Degeneration, History of Mathematics, History of Science, History of Physics, Philosophy of Physics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > History
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Dr. Eugene Y. S. Chua
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2021 18:21
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2021 18:21
Item ID: 19960
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > History
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 29 November 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19960

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