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Symmetry Fundamentalism

Schroeren, David (2019) Symmetry Fundamentalism. [Preprint]

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Physicists have suggested what I call symmetry fundamentalism: the view that symmetries are fundamental aspects of physical reality and that these aspects are metaphysically prior to what one might ordinarily think of as the fundamental building blocks of the world, such as elementary particles. The goal of this paper is to give symmetry fundamentalism a precise metaphysical underpinning by articulating an ontology which makes transparent what aspects of fundamental reality correspond to symmetries, and which explains precisely how these aspects can be regarded as metaphysically prior to the constituents of the world.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Schroeren, Davidschroeren@princeton.edu
Keywords: Symmetries, Ontology, Fundamentality, Explanation, Nominalism, Interpretation, Metaphysics
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
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: 16 May 2019 14:03
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 14:03
Item ID: 16015
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 14 May 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16015

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