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  1. Kerry McKenzie (2014). Priority and Particle Physics: Ontic Structural Realism as a Fundamentality Thesis. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 65 (2):353-380.
    In this article, I address concerns that the ontological priority claims definitive of ontic structural realism are as they stand unclear, and I do so by placing these claims on a more rigorous formal footing than they typically have been hitherto. I first of all argue that Kit Fine’s analysis of ontological dependence furnishes us with an ontological priority relation that is particularly apt for structuralism. With that in place, and with reference to two case studies prominent within the structuralist (...)
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    Kerry McKenzie, Review of 'Basic Structures of Reality' by Colin McGinn. [REVIEW]
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    Kerry McKenzie (2014). On the Fundamentality of Symmetries. Philosophy of Science 81 (5):1090-1102.
    The view that it is symmetries, not particles, that are fundamental to nature is frequently expressed by physicists. But comparatively little has been written either on what this claim means or whether it should be regarded as true. After placing the claim into a general fundamentality framework, I consider whether the priority of symmetries over particles can be defended. The conclusions drawn are largely negative.
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    Steven French & Kerry McKenzie (2012). Thinking Outside the Toolbox: Towards a More Productive Engagement Between Metaphysics and Philosophy of Physics. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 8 (1):42-59.
    he relationship between metaphysics and science has recently become the focus of increased attention. Ladyman and Ross, in particular, have accused even naturalistically inclined metaphysicians of pursuing little more than the philosophy of A-level chemistry and have suggested that analytic metaphysics should simply be discontinued. In contrast, we shall argue, first of all, that even metaphysics that is disengaged from modern science may offer a set of resources that can be appropriated by philosophers of physics in order to set physics (...)
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    Kerry McKenzie (forthcoming). Relativities of Fundamentality. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
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  6. Kerry McKenzie (2011). Arguing Against Fundamentality. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 42 (4):244-255.
    This paper aims to open up discussion on the relationship between fundamentality and naturalism, and in particular on the question of whether fundamentality may be denied on naturalistic grounds. A historico-inductive argument for an anti-fundamentalist conclusion, prominent within contemporary metaphysical literature, is examined; finding it wanting, an alternative ‘internal’ strategy is proposed. By means of an example from the history of modern physics - namely S-matrix theory - it is demonstrated that this strategy can generate similar anti-fundamentalist conclusions on more (...)
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    Kerry McKenzie (2016). Stephen Mumford and Matthew Tugby Metaphysics and Science. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 67 (2):643-650.
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    Steven French & Kerry McKenzie, Rethinking Outside the Toolbox: Reflecting Again on the Relationship Between Metaphysics and Philosophy of Physics.
    In a recent work, ‘Thinking Outside the Toolbox’, we mounted a qualified defence of analytic metaphysics in the face of ardent criticism. While sympathizing with other philosophers of science in decrying the lack of engagement of metaphysicians with real science when addressing central metaphysical problems, we also wanted to acknowledge the role that analytic metaphysics has played in providing useful tools for naturalistic metaphysicians. This double-edged stance compels us to identify what feature it is that marks out as problematic some, (...)
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    Kerry McKenzie (2013). How (and How Not) to Object to Objects: Developments in Structural Realism. [REVIEW] Metascience 22 (2):283-287.
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    Kerry McKenzie (2016). Chance Regained: David Albert’s Oeuvre Revisited. Metascience 25 (1):51-55.
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    Kerry McKenzie (2013). Basic Structures of Reality: Essays in Meta-Physics, by Colin McGinn. Mind 122 (487):fzt073.
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    Kerry McKenzie, Review of 'Metaphysics and Science', Eds. Stephen Mumford and Matthew Tugby. [REVIEW]
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    Kerry McKenzie (2013). How (Not) To Be a Humean Structuralist. In Vassilios Karakostas & Dennis Dieks (eds.), Epsa11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science. Springer 307--318.
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    Kerry McKenzie (2011). Arguing Against Fundamentality. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 42 (4):244-255.
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