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Title: Is Thermodynamics Subjective?
Author(s): Robertson, Katie
Prunkl, Carina
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Keywords: History and Philosophy of Science
Issue Date: Dec-2023
Date Deposited: 13-Feb-2024
Citation: Robertson K & Prunkl C (2023) Is Thermodynamics Subjective?. <i>Philosophy of Science</i>, 90 (5), pp. 1320-1330.
Abstract: Thermodynamics is an unusual theory. Prominent figures, including J. C. Maxwell and E. T. Jaynes, have suggested that thermodynamics is anthropocentric, and contemporary approaches label thermodynamics a “subjective theory.” Here, we evaluate the arguments for anthropocentrism but conclude that instead of pointing to an anthropocentric view, they point towards a resource-relative understanding of thermodynamics which can be shorn of the “subjective gloss.”
DOI Link: 10.1017/psa.2023.58
Rights: This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction, provided the original article is properly cited.
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