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Laws, Symmetry, and Symmetry Breaking: Invariance, Conservation Principles, and Objectivity

Earman, John (2004) Laws, Symmetry, and Symmetry Breaking: Invariance, Conservation Principles, and Objectivity. Philosophy of Science, 71 (5). 1227 - 1241. ISSN 0031-8248

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<jats:p>Given its importance in modern physics, philosophers of science have paid surprisingly little attention to the subject of symmetries and invariances, and they have largely neglected the subtopic of symmetry breaking. I illustrate how the topic of laws and symmetries brings into fruitful interaction technical issues in physics and mathematics with both methodological issues in philosophy of science, such as the status of laws of physics, and metaphysical issues, such as the nature of objectivity.</jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Earman, Johnjearman@pitt.eduJEARMAN
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: December 2004
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Volume: 71
Number: 5
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Page Range: 1227 - 1241
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1086/428016
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0031-8248
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Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2012 14:11
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2022 15:55


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