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Group Structural Realism

Roberts, Bryan W. (2010) Group Structural Realism. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 61 (4).

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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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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Roberts, Bryan W.bwr6@pitt.edu
Keywords: structural realism, group theory, quantum mechanics, realism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Bryan W. Roberts
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2010 20:22
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2010 20:22
Item ID: 8398
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axq009
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2010
Volume: 61
Number: 4
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8398

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