On the Carroll–Chen Model

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-124
Number of pages28
JournalJournal for General Philosophy of Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Entropy
  • Laws of nature
  • Multiverse
  • Past hypothesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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