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Well posedness and physical possibility

Gyenis, Balazs (2014) Well posedness and physical possibility. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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There is a sentiment shared among physicists that well posedness is a necessary condition for physical possibility. The arguments usually offered for well posedness have an epistemic flavor and thus they fall short of establishing the metaphysical claim that lack of well posedness implies physical impossibility. In this work we analyze the relationship of well posedness to prediction and confirmation as well as the notion of physical possibility and we devise three novel and independent argumentative strategies that may succeed where the usual epistemic arguments fail.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee CoChairEarman, Johnjearman@pitt.eduJEARMAN
Committee CoChairNorton, John D.jdnorton@pitt.eduJDNORTON
Committee MemberBelot,
Committee MemberGupta, Anilagupta@pitt.eduAGUPTA
Date: 31 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 September 2013
Approval Date: 31 January 2014
Submission Date: 23 September 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 182
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: determinism, laws of nature, metaphysics, philosophy of physics, physical possibility, prediction, well posed problem
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2014 20:17
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:15


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