Josef Schnippenkotter

photo neededIn hmolscience, Josef Schnippenkotter (1886-c.1955) was a German science philosopher noted, in religious thermodynamics, for his 1920 historical work on entropological proofs of god's existence.

In 1920, Schnippenkotter, in his The Entropological Proof of God, his 109-page PhD dissertation, discussed the so-called 'entropy proof of God's existence' citing over 320 papers (200 of which, supposedly, on entropy and god speculations) to draw the conclusion that entropy does not necessarily imply the existence of a deity. [1] He concludes: [3]

“There is no scientifically certain proof that the end and the beginning of the world, and then the existence of God, can be derived from the entropy law.”

Schnippenkotter was said to have based much of his argument on the earlier work of German physicist Caspar Isenkrahe, an active participant in the debate over entropy and theology.

Schnippenkotter studied philosophy, physics, and mathematics in Munich and Gottingen and has been described by Helge Kragh as "Jesuit physics teacher". [3]

1. (a) Schnippenkotter, Josef. (1920). Der Entropologische Gottesbeweis: Die Physikalische Entwicklung des Entropieprinzips, seine Philosophische und Apologetische Bedeutung (The Entropological Proof of God: the Physical Development of the Entropy Principle and its Philosophical Meaning) (quote, pg. 95). A. Marcus and E. Webers Verlag.
(b) Anon. (1921). “Book Review: Der Entropologische Gottesbeweis by Dr. Josef Schnippenkotter”, Nature, 108: 527.
3. Kragh, Helge. (2008). Entropic Creation: Religious Contexts of Thermodynamics and Cosmology (pg. 91). Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

External links
‚óŹ Schnippenkotter, Josef (1886-) – WorldCat Identities.

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