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  1. Karen Crowther & Dean Rickles (forthcoming). Introduction: Principles of Quantum Gravity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
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  2. Elaine Landry & Dean Rickles (eds.) (forthcoming). Structures, Objects and Causality. Springer.
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  3. Dean Rickles (2013). AdS/CFT Duality and the Emergence of Spacetime. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (3):312-320.
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  4. Dean Rickles (2013). History and Hadrontology. Metascience 22 (1):81-84.
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  5. Dean Rickles (2013). Mirror Symmetry and Other Miracles in Superstring Theory. Foundations of Physics 43 (1):54-80.
    The dominance of string theory in the research landscape of quantum gravity physics (despite any direct experimental evidence) can, I think, be justified in a variety of ways. Here I focus on an argument from mathematical fertility, broadly similar to Hilary Putnam’s ‘no miracles argument’ that, I argue, many string theorists in fact espouse in some form or other. String theory has generated many surprising, useful, and well-confirmed mathematical ‘predictions’—here I focus on mirror symmetry and the mirror theorem. These predictions (...)
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  6. Elaine Landry & Dean Rickles (eds.) (2012). Structural Realism: Structure, Object, and Causality. Springer.
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  7. Dean Rickles (2012). David Clarke and Eric Clarke, Eds. , Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (4):253-258.
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  8. Dean Rickles (2012). Melville Y. Stewart, Ed. , Science and Religion in Dialogue (2 Vols.) . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (1):62-68.
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  9. Dean Rickles (2012). Patrick Rebuschat, Martin Rohrmeier, John Hawkins, and Ian Cross, Eds. , Language and Music as Cognitive Systems . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (4):253-258.
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  10. Elaine M. Landry & Dean Rickles (eds.) (2011). Structure, Objects and Causality, , Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, Vol. 77. Springer.
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  11. Dean Rickles (2011). A Philosopher Looks at String Dualities. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 42 (1):54-67.
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  12. Dean Rickles (2011). Just One Damn Thing After Another. Metascience 20 (2):407-412.
    Just one damn thing after another Content Type Journal Article DOI 10.1007/s11016-010-9485-1 Authors Dean Rickles, Unit for History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  13. Dean Rickles (2011). Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom, Eds. , Human Enhancement . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 31 (1):64-66.
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  14. Dean Rickles (2011). Public Health. In Fred Gifford (ed.), Philosophy of Medicine. Elsevier.
    Public health involves the application of a wide variety of scientific and non-scientific disciplines to the very practical problems of improving population health and preventing disease. Public health has received surprisingly little attention from philosophers of science. In this chapter we consider some neglected but important philosophical aspects of the science of public health.
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  15. Dean Rickles (2010). Huw Price and Richard Corry, Eds. Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (2):127-131.
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  16. Dean Rickles (2010). Jon Elster, Explaining Social Behaviour: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 28 (3):169-172.
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  17. Dean Rickles (2010). Peter Machamer and Gereon Wolters, Eds. Thinking About Causes: From Greek Philosophy to Modern Physics Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (2):127-131.
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  18. Dean Rickles (2010). Robert C. Bishop, The Philosophy of the Social Sciences: An Introduction Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 28 (3):169-172.
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  19. Dean Rickles (2010). Review of M. Gasperini, & J. Maharana (Eds.) (2008). String Theory and Fundamental Interactions. Gabriele Veneziano and Theoretical Physics: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Pp. Xviii + 974, Hardback, €99.95). Springer, ISBN 978-3-540-74232-. [REVIEW] Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 41 (2):160-162.
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  20. Dean Rickles, The Interpretation of String Dualities.
    Many of the advances in string theory have been generated by the discovery of new duality symmetries connecting what were once thought to be distinct theories, solu- tions, processes, backgrounds, and more. Indeed, duality has played an enormously important role in the creation and development of numerous theories in physics and numerous fields of mathematics. Dualities often lie at those fruitful intersections at which mathematics and physics are especially strongly intertwined. In this paper I describe some of these dualities and (...)
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  21. Ioan Muntean, Patrick McGivern & Dean Rickles (2009). Reviews. [REVIEW] Philosophical Psychology 22 (1):107 – 121.
  22. Dean Rickles (2009). Causality in Complex Interventions. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 12 (1):77-90.
    In this paper I look at causality in the context of intervention research, and discuss some problems faced in the evaluation of causal hypotheses via interventions. I draw attention to a simple problem for evaluations that employ randomized controlled trials. The common alternative to randomized trials, the observational study, is shown to face problems of a similar nature. I then argue that these problems become especially acute in cases where the intervention is complex (i.e. that involves intervening in a complex (...)
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  23. Dean Rickles (2009). Keeping It Semireal. Metascience 18 (2):261-264.
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  24. Dean Rickles, Chris Smeenk, Holger Lyre & Richard Healey (2009). Gauge Pressure. Metascience 18 (1):5-41.
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  25. Dean Rickles (2008). Advancing the Philosophy of Physics. In , The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics. Ashgate Pub. Ltd.. 4--15.
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  26. Dean Rickles, Econophysics and Financial Market Complexity.
    In this chapter we consider economic systems, and in particular financial systems, from the perspective of the physics of complex systems (i.e. statistical physics, the theory of critical phenomena, and their cognates). This field of research is known as econophysics—alternative names are ‘financial physics’ and ‘statistical phynance.’ This title was coined in 1995 by Eugene Stanley, and since then its researchers have attempted to forge it as an independent and important field, one that stands in opposition to standard (‘Neo-Classical’) economic (...)
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  27. Dean Rickles, Quantum Gravity: A Primer for Philosophers.
    ‘Quantum Gravity’ does not denote any existing theory: the field of quantum gravity is very much a ‘work in progress’. As you will see in this chapter, there are multiple lines of attack each with the same core goal: to find a theory that unifies, in some sense, general relativity (Einstein’s classical field theory of gravitation) and quantum field theory (the theoretical framework through which we understand the behaviour of particles in non-gravitational fields). Quantum field theory and general relativity seem (...)
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  28. Dean Rickles (ed.) (2008). The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics. Ashgate Pub. Ltd..
    "Introducing the reader to the very latest developments in the philosophical foundations of physics, this book covers advanced material at a level suitable for ...
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  29. Dean Rickles (2008). Who's Afraid of Background Independence? In Dennis Dieks (ed.), The Ontology of Spacetime Ii. Elsevier. 133--52.
    Background independence is generally considered to be ‘the mark of distinction’ of general relativity. However, there is still confusion over exactly what background independence is and how, if at all, it serves to distinguish general relativity from other theories. There is also some confusion over the philosophical implications of background independence, stemming in part from the definitional problems. In this paper I attempt to make some headway on both issues. In each case I argue that a proper account of the (...)
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  30. Dean Rickles (2007). Econophysics for Philosophers. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 38 (4):948-978.
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  31. Dean Rickles (2006). Bringing the Hole Argument Back in the Loop: A Response to Pooley. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 37 (2):381-387.
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  32. Dean Rickles (2006). Kit Fine, Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 26 (4):250-252.
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  33. Dean Rickles (2006). L. Nathan Oaklander, The Ontology of Time Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 26 (1):54-56.
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  34. Dean Rickles (2006). Martin R. Jones and Nancy Cartwight, Eds., Idealization XII: Correcting the Model. Idealization and Abstraction in the Sciences Reviewed By. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 26 (5):362-364.
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  35. Dean Rickles, Supervenience and Determination. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  36. Dean Rickles & Steven French (2006). Quantum Gravity Meets Structuralism: Interweaving Relations in the Foundations of Physics. In Dean Rickles, Steven French & Juha Saatsi (eds.), The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity. Oxford University Press. 1--39.
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  37. Dean Rickles, Steven French & Juha Saatsi (eds.) (2006). The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity. Oxford University Press.
  38. Dean Rickles (2005). A New Spin on the Hole Argument. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 36 (3):415-434.
    This brief paper shows how an exact analogue of Einstein's original hole argument can be constructed in the loop representation of quantum gravity. The new argument is based on the embedding of spin-networks in a manifold and the action of the diffeomorphism constraint on them. The implications of this result are then discussed. I argue that the conclusions of many physicists working on loop quantum gravity---Rovelli and Smolin in particular---that the loop representation uniquely supports relationalism are unfounded.
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  39. Dean Rickles (2005). Interpreting Quantum Gravity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 36 (4):691-715.
    This is an essay review of two textbooks on quantum gravity by Carlo Rovelli and Claus Kiefer.
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  40. Dean Rickles, What Price Determinism? The Hole Story!
    In their modern classic ``What Price Substantivalism? The Hole Story'' Earman and Norton argued that substantivalism about spacetime points implies that general relativity is indeterministic and, for that reason, must be rejected as a candidate ontology for the theory. More recently, Earman has cottoned on to a related argument (in fact, related to a \emph{response} to the hole argument) that arises in the context of canonical general relativity, according to which the enforcing of determinism along standard lines---using the machinery of (...)
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  41. Dean P. Rickles (2005). Quantum Disentanglements. Metascience 14 (2):213-217.
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  42. Dean Rickles, Symmetry & Possibility: To Reduce or Not Reduce?
    In this paper I examine the connection between symmetry and modality from the perspective of `reduction' methods in geometric mechanics. I begin by setting the problem up as a choice between two opposing views: reduction and non-reduction. I then discern four views on the matter in the literature; they are distinguished by their advocation of distinct geometric spaces as representing `reality'. I come down in favour of non-reductive methods.
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  43. Steven French & Dean Rickles (2003). Understanding Permutation Symmetry. In Katherine Brading & Elena Castellani (eds.), Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections. Cambridge University Press. 212--38.
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