Philosophy Compass 13 (12):e12555 (2018)

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James Read
Oxford University
Baptiste Le Bihan
University of Geneva
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Dualities are a pervasive phenomenon in contemporary physics, in which two physical theories are empirically equivalent, yet prima facie make different ontological claims about the world (potentially very different claims—differing in e.g. the number and radius of dimensions of the universe). Dualities thus present a particular instantiation of the well-known notion of underdetermination of theory by evidence. Many different philosophical proposals have been made for how such putative underdetermination might be resolved—this continues to be a programme of active research.
Keywords duality  ontology  metaphysics  quantum gravity  string theory  quantum field theory  underdetermination
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12556
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