David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
To single one out of the infinitely many, empirically indistinguishable gauge potentials of classical electrodynamics, and to deem it `more real' than the rest is not trivial. Only two routes are open to one who might attempt to do so. The first leads to a slippery slope: if one singles out a potential solely by requiring it to admit well behaved propagations, and on the strength of this behavior one subscribes to its reality, one inevitably subscribes to the reality of infinitely many. As for the second, it seems to be barred from the beginning. But if, for reasons of metaphysical economy, one insisted on taking it, it would lead to a `truncated theory' that is physically and empirically inferior to the complete.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Gordon Belot, John Earman, Richard Healey, Tim Maudlin, Antigone Nounou & Ward Struyve, Synopsis and Discussion: Philosophy of Gauge Theory.
John Earman (2002). Gauge Matters. Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association 2002 (3):S209--20.
Steven Weinstein (1999). Gravity and Gauge Theory. Philosophy of Science 66 (3):155.
Paul Teller (2000). The Gauge Argument. Philosophy of Science 67 (3):481.
Holger Lyre (2008). Does the Higgs Mechanism Exist? International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22 (2):119-133.
Jonathan Bain (2008). Richard Healey:Gauging What's Real: The Conceptual Foundations of Contemporary Gauge Theories,:Gauging What's Real: The Conceptual Foundations of Contemporary Gauge Theories. Philosophy of Science 75 (4):479-485.
Richard Healey (2007). Gauging What's Real. Oxford University Press.
Holger Lyre (2001). The Principles of Gauging. Philosophy of Science 68 (3):S371-S381.
Richard Healey (2009). Gauging What's Real: The Conceptual Foundations of Contemporary Gauge Theories. OUP Oxford.
Richard Healey (2001). On the Reality of Gauge Potentials. Philosophy of Science 68 (4):432-455.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads45 ( #37,971 of 1,102,999 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #297,567 of 1,102,999 )
How can I increase my downloads?