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No-go Theorems: What are they good for?

Dardashti, Radin (2021) No-go Theorems: What are they good for? [Preprint]

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No-go theorems have played an important role in the development and assessment of scientific theories. They have stopped whole research programs and have given rise to strong ontological commitments. Given the importance they obviously have had in physics and philosophy of physics and the huge amount of literature on the consequences of specific no-go theorems, there has been relatively little attention to the more abstract assessment of no-go theorems as a tool in theory development. We will here provide this abstract assessment of no-go theorems and conclude that the methodological implications one may draw from no-go theorems are in disagreement with the implications that have often been drawn from them in the history of science.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dardashti, RadinDardashti@uni-wuppertal.de0000-0002-7205-6893
Keywords: No-go Theorems, Theory Development, Scientific Methodology, Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Radin Dardashti
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2021 20:22
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2021 20:22
Item ID: 18673
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2021.01.005
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 20 January 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18673

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