Philosophy of Science 81 (5):1090-1102 (2014)

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Kerry McKenzie
University of Western Ontario
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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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