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Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis
1. Introduction 2. Individuality in Classical Physics 3. Quantum Statistics and Non-Individuality 4. Individuality and Non-Individuality in Quantum Mechanics 5. Names, Nomological Objects, andExpand
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The Structure of the World: Metaphysics and Representation
1. Theory Change: From Fresnel's Equations to Group Theoretic Structure 2. Mixing in the Metaphysics 1-Underdermination 3. Mixing in the Metaphysics 2-Humility 4. Scenes from the Lost History ofExpand
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Quantum Physics and the Identity of Indiscernibles*
This paper is concerned with the question of whether atomic particles of the same species, i. e. with the same intrinsic state-independent properties of mass, spin, electric charge, etc, violate theExpand
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Remodelling Structural Realism: Quantum Physics and the Metaphysics of Structure
We outline Ladyman's 'metaphysical' or 'ontic' form of structuralrealism and defend it against various objections. Expand
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Science and Partial Truth
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Science and Partial Truth: A Unitary Approach to Models and Scientific Reasoning
Da Costa and French explore the consequences of adopting a "pragmatic" notion of truth in the philosophy of science-in other words, accepting a theory as valid when it may only be partially trueExpand
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The Reasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics: Partial Structures and the Application of Group Theory to Physics
  • S. French
  • Philosophy, Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • 2004
Wigner famously referred to the `unreasonable effectiveness' of mathematics in its application to science. Expand
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Reinflating the Semantic Approach
Abstract The semantic, or model‐theoretic, approach to theories has recently come under criticism on two fronts: (i) it is claimed that it cannot account for the wide diversity of models employed inExpand
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The Model-Theoretic Approach in the Philosophy of Science
  • S. French
  • Computer Science
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 1 June 1990
An introduction to the model-theoretic approach in the philosophy of science is given and it is argued that this program is further enhanced by the introduction of partial structures. Expand
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