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(2019) The reality of time flow, Dordrecht, Springer.

Classical physics and becoming

Richard T. W. Arthur, W. Brian Arthur

pp. 69-107

In this chapter I argue that neither the time symmetry of the laws of Newtonian physics nor determinism entails the time symmetry of the order of becoming of events. The time-directionality of individual processes cannot be defined in terms of increasing entropy, nor does it depend on a global direction of time. That process-tokens are future-oriented locally is not a consequence of thermodynamics, but is presupposed by it.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-15948-1_4

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Arthur, R.T.W. , Arthur, W. (2019). Classical physics and becoming, in The reality of time flow, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 69-107.

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