Conventional and Objective Invariance: Debs and Redhead on Symmetry [Book Review]

Metascience 19 (1):15-23 (2010)

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Stephan Hartmann
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Sebastian Lutz
Uppsala University
Abstract
This review is a critical discussion of three main claims in Debs and Redhead’s thought-provoking book Objectivity, Invariance, and Convention. These claims are: (i) Social acts impinge upon formal aspects of scientific representation; (ii) symmetries introduce the need for conventional choice; (iii) perspectival symmetry is a necessary and sufficient condition for objectivity, while symmetry simpliciter fails to be necessary.
Keywords symmetry  objectivity  structure  invariance
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