The Second Law is a Tautology (Barseghyan-2015)

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An attempt to answer the question of Tautological Status of the Second Law which states "The second law is a tautology."

The Second Law is a Tautology was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015.1


Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of The Second Law is a Tautology (Barseghyan-2015):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy1 January 2016The proposition became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.No29 November 2017The proposition became rejected as a result of the acceptance of the respective modification.

Suggestions To Reject

These are all the modifications where the rejection of the theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2017-0005Scientonomy5 February 2017Accept that the new second law is not a tautology.AcceptedThe modification was deemed uncontroversial by the community. Its acceptance was contingent upon the acceptance of the new formulation of the second law suggested by Patton, Overgaard and Barseghyan. Once the new second law became accepted, it was also accepted that the new law is not a tautology. There was no notable discussion concerning this modification.29 November 2017

Question Answered

The Second Law is a Tautology (Barseghyan-2015) is an attempt to answer the following question: Is the second law a tautology, i.e. can it in principle be violated?

See Tautological Status of the Second Law for more details.


According to Barseghyan's initial position, "the second law is not a law in the traditional sense, for normally a law is supposed to have some empirical content, i.e. its opposite should be conceivable at least in principle. Obviously, the second law is a tautology, since it follows from the definition of employed method".1p. 129, footnote


No reasons are indicated for this theory.


  1. a b  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.