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Symmetry and the Metaphysics of Physics

Baker, David John (2010) Symmetry and the Metaphysics of Physics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    The widely held picture of dynamical symmetry as surplus structure in a physical theory has many metaphysical applications. Here I focus on its relevance to the question of which quantities in a theory represent fundamental natural properties.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Survey article for PHILOSOPHY COMPASS.
    Keywords: dynamical symmetry metaphysics fundamental quantities
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    Depositing User: David Baker
    Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5435
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5435

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