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Realism, underdetermination and string theory dualities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Metaphysics.
2013 (English)In: Synthese, ISSN 0039-7857, E-ISSN 1573-0964, Vol. 190, no 3, 471-489 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

String theory promises to be able to provide us with a working theory of quantum gravity and a unified description of all fundamental forces. In string theory there are so called 'dualities'; i.e. different theoretical formulations that are physically equivalent. In this article these dualities are investigated from a philosophical point of view. Semantic and epistemic questions relating to the problem of underdetermination of theories by data and the debate on realism concerning scientific theories are discussed. Depending on ones views on semantic issues and realism different interpretations are possible of the dualities.

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2013. Vol. 190, no 3, 471-489 p.
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Underdetermination, Realism, Structural realism, String theory, Philosophy of physics
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Humanities Philosophy
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Theoretical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190795DOI: 10.1007/s11229-011-0041-3ISI: 000313656400008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-190795DiVA: diva2:584238
Available from: 2013-01-08 Created: 2013-01-08 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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