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Moral Reality$
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Paul Bloomfield

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137132

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195137132.001.0001

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(p.179) Appendices

(p.179) Appendices

Entropy, Healthiness, and Goodness

Moral Reality

Paul Bloomfield

Oxford University Press

An argument for the nonreducibility of thermodynamics to statistical mechanics is given and a nonreducible ontology for entropy, health, and goodness is suggested. The argument is based on the modal fact that the putative reduction makes it impossible to distinguish between what is impossible and what does not exist, as well as making the mortality of the human body contingent.

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