Laurent Jodoin – Lost Along the Way: A Critical Exam of the Entropy Concept
Mardi 19 Juin, 16h, au local 422 du Département de Philosophie de
l’Université de Montréal, 2910, boul. Édouard-Montpetit.
“Lost Along the Way: A Critical Exam of the Entropy Concept”
By Laurent Jodoin, Université de Montréal.
Summary. The concept of entropy, along with the second law of thermodynamics, is a
fundamental concept in physics, if not the most fundamental according to some physicists and
philosophers. Its strength is related to energy transformation and the impossibility of perpetual
motion. Nevertheless, it is polysemous and most often than not it is ambiguously defined
and/or applied. These polysemy and ambiguity are related to multiple retrievals by formal
analogies in multiple disciplines. It is argued here that something was lost along the way in
the developments of the entropy concept and that formal analogy, though presenting some
heuristics qualities is not sufficient for justification. Hence, some conceptual problems that
this concept is coping with are presented and a few hints for a more thorough definition are
Conférence organisée par l’Atelier de Recherche Philosophie – Physique, Département de
Philosophie, Université de Montréal, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.