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On the Fundamentality of Symmetries

McKenzie, Kerry (2013) On the Fundamentality of Symmetries. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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The view that it is symmetries, not particles, that are fundamental to nature is frequently expressed by physicists. But comparatively little has been written either on what this claim means or whether it should be regarded as true. After placing the claim into a general fundamentality framework, I consider whether the priority of symmetries over particles can be defended. The conclusions drawn are largely negative.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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McKenzie, Kerrymckenzie_kerry@ymail.com
Keywords: particle physics, symmetries, fundamentality
Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Miss Kerry McKenzie
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 15:35
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2013 15:35
Item ID: 9843
Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 19 June 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9843

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