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The Empirical Under-determination Argument Against Scientific Realism for Dual Theories

De Haro, Sebastian (2021) The Empirical Under-determination Argument Against Scientific Realism for Dual Theories. [Preprint]

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This paper explores the options available to the anti-realist to defend a Quinean empirical under-determination thesis using examples of dualities. I first explicate a version of the empirical under-determination thesis that can be brought to bear on theories of contemporary physics. Then I identify a class of examples of dualities that lead to empirical under-determination. But I argue that the resulting under-determination is benign, and is not a threat to a cautious scientific realism. Thus dualities are not new ammunition for the anti-realist. The paper also shows how the number of possible interpretative options about dualities that have been considered in the literature can be reduced, and suggests a general approach to scientific realism that one may take dualities to favour.


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De Haro, Sebastians.deharo@uva.nl0000-0002-3000-5967
Keywords: Under-determination, scientific realism, dualities
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Dr Sebastian De Haro
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2021 14:29
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2021 14:29
Item ID: 18559
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-020-00342-0
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 2 January 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18559

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