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Symmetry Fundamentalism: A Case Study from Classical Physics

Schroeren, David (2020) Symmetry Fundamentalism: A Case Study from Classical Physics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Physicists have suggested what I call symmetry fundamentalism: the view that symmetries are fundamental aspects of physical reality and that these aspects are more fundamental than what one might ordinarily think of as the fundamental building blocks of the world, such as elementary particles. The goal of this paper is to develop an ontology for classical particle mechanics that provides a precise instance of symmetry fundamentalism.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Schroeren, Davidschroeren@princeton.edu
Keywords: symmetry, ontology, fundamentality, classical mechanics, quantum theory, state space
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Mr David Schroeren
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2020 03:00
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2020 03:00
Item ID: 17256
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqaa033
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqaa033
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17256

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