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Group structural realism

Roberts, Bryan W. (2011) Group structural realism. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 62 (1). pp. 47-69. ISSN 0007-0882

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Identification Number: 10.1093/bjps/axq009

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://bjps.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2011 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2013 15:39
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/54086

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