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Theory Assessment and Final Theory Claim in String Theory

Dawid, Richard (2013) Theory Assessment and Final Theory Claim in String Theory. Foundations of Physics, 43 (1). pp. 81-100.

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String theory has by now maintained a highly influential position in high energy physics for more than a quarter of a century. The present article analyses the reasons for the considerable trust exponents of string theory have in their theory even though it has neither found empirical confirmation nor a complete formulation up to this point. It is argued that this trust can be understood in terms of an emerging new conception of theory assessment that relies strongly on the identification of limitations to the underdetermination of scientific theory building. The second part of the paper makes the point that another conspicuous element of string theoretical reasoning, the prominent role of the notion of a final theory, can be understood in terms of this altered notion of theory assessment as well.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Dawid, Richardrichard.dawid@philosophy.su.se0000-0002-1472-2958
Keywords: String Theory Final Theory Claim Underdetermination
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Depositing User: Dr. Richard Dawid
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2013 13:22
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 15:52
Item ID: 9565
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Physics
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10701-01...
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Date: January 2013
Page Range: pp. 81-100
Volume: 43
Number: 1
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9565

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