Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 97–124

On the Carroll–Chen Model


DOI: 10.1007/s10838-016-9337-9

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Weaver, C.G. J Gen Philos Sci (2017) 48: 97. doi:10.1007/s10838-016-9337-9


I argue that the Carroll–Chen cosmogonic model does not provide a plausible scientific explanation of the past hypothesis (the thesis that our universe began in an extremely low-entropy state). I suggest that this counts as a welcomed result for those who adopt a Mill–Ramsey–Lewis best systems account of laws and maintain that the past hypothesis is a brute fact that is a non-dynamical law.


Entropy Past hypothesis Multiverse Laws of nature 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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