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The Metaphysics of Invariance

Schroeren, David (2018) The Metaphysics of Invariance. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Fundamental physics contains an important link between properties of elementary particles and continuous symmetries of particle systems. For example, properties such as mass and spin are said to be 'associated' with specific continuous symmetries. These 'associations' have played a key role in the discovery of various new particle kinds, but more importantly: they are thought to provide a deep insight into the nature of physical reality.

The link between properties and symmetries has been said to call for a radical revision of perceived metaphysical orthodoxy. However, if we are to use claims about an 'association' between properties and symmetries in the articulation of metaphysical views, we first need to develop a sufficiently precise understanding of the content of these claims. The goal of this paper is to do just that.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Schroeren, Davidschroeren@princeton.edu
Keywords: Symmetry, Invariance, Properties, Structuralism, Particle Physics, Casimir Invariant
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Mr David Schroeren
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2018 11:58
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2018 11:58
Item ID: 14577
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 18 April 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14577

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