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Selective Realism and the framework/interaction distinction: a Taxonomy of Fundamental Physical Theories

Benitez, Federico (2019) Selective Realism and the framework/interaction distinction: a Taxonomy of Fundamental Physical Theories. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Following the proposal of a new kind of selective structural realism that uses as a basis the distinction between framework and interaction theories, this work discusses relevant applications in fundamental physics. An ontology for the different entities and properties of well-known theories is thus consistently built. The case of classical field theories --including General Relativity as a classical theory of gravitation-- is examined in detail, as well as the implications of the classification scheme for issues of realism in Quantum Mechanics. These applications also shed light on the different range of applicability of the ontic and epistemic versions of structural realism.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Benitez, Federicofederico.benitez@unil.ch0000-0001-7978-970X
Keywords: Scientific Realism, Philosophy of Modern Physics, Theory Classification
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Federico Benitez
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2021 14:32
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 14:32
Item ID: 18598
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10701-019-00282-y
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 29 June 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18598

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