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Group Structural Realism

  • Pages : 47 à 69
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  • Support : Electronic document
  • Edition : Original
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  • DOI : 10.1093/bjps/axq009
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  • Date de création : 18-05-2011
  • Dernière mise à jour : 18-05-2011

Résumé :

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We present a precise form of structural realism, called group structural realism, which identifies ‘structure’ in quantum theory with symmetry groups. However, working out the details of this view actually illuminates a major problem for structural realism; namely, a structure can itself have structure. This article argues that, once a precise characterization of structure is given, the ‘metaphysical hierarchy’ on which group structural realism rests is overly extravagant and ultimately unmotivated.

 

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