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Physical Symmetries, Overarching Symmetries, and Consistency

Peterson, Daniel (2012) Physical Symmetries, Overarching Symmetries, and Consistency. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    In this paper I provide an account of physical symmetries, which are defined relative to a specific physical theory, and overarching symmetries, which hold across many different physical theories. I outline two general strategies for uniting disparate physical symmetries under the same overarching symmetry, calling the first "realist" and the second "conventionalist". Finally, I argue that, should physicists and philosophers be interested in finding symmetries that do interesting and helpful physical and metaphysical work, the realist strategy would serve them better than the conventionalist strategy.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Symmetry
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Daniel Peterson
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2012 23:48
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2012 23:48
    Item ID: 9441
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9441

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