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  1. Quantum Gravity Meets Structuralism: Interweaving Relations in the Foundations of Physics.Dean Rickles & Steven French - 2006 - In Dean Rickles, Steven French & Juha Saatsi (eds.), The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity. Oxford University Press. pp. 1--39.
     
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    Mirror Symmetry and Other Miracles in Superstring Theory.Dean Rickles - 2013 - 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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    A Philosopher Looks at String Dualities.Dean Rickles - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 42 (1):54-67.
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    The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity.Dean Rickles, Steven French & Juha Saatsi (eds.) - 2006 - Oxford University Press.
  5. Understanding Permutation Symmetry.Steven French & Dean Rickles - 2003 - In Katherine Brading & Elena Castellani (eds.), Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections. Cambridge University Press. pp. 212--38.
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    AdS/CFT Duality and the Emergence of Spacetime.Dean Rickles - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 44 (3):312-320.
    The AdS/CFT duality has been a source of several strong conceptual claims in the physics literature that have yet to be explored by philosophers. In this paper I focus on one of these: the extent to which spacetime geometry and locality can be said to emerge from this duality, so that neither is fundamental. I argue: that the kind of emergence in question is relatively weak, involving one kind of spacetime emerging from another kind of spacetime; inasmuch as there is (...)
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    A New Spin on the Hole Argument.Dean Rickles - 2005 - 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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    A Philosopher Looks at String Dualities.Dean Rickles - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 42 (1):54-67.
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  9. Structural Realism: Structure, Object, and Causality.Elaine Landry & Dean Rickles (eds.) - 2012 - Springer.
     
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    Econophysics and Financial Market Complexity.Dean Rickles - unknown
    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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    Who's Afraid of Background Independence?Dean Rickles - 2008 - In Dennis Dieks (ed.), The Ontology of Spacetime Ii. Elsevier. pp. 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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    Interpreting Quantum Gravity.Dean Rickles - 2005 - 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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    Symmetry & Possibility: To Reduce or Not Reduce?Dean Rickles - unknown
    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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    Advancing the Philosophy of Physics.Dean Rickles - 2008 - In The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Physics. Ashgate. pp. 4--15.
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    Econophysics for Philosophers.Dean Rickles - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 38 (4):948-978.
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    Causality in Complex Interventions.Dean Rickles - 2009 - 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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    Introduction to Special Issue on Dualities.Elena Castellani & Dean Rickles - forthcoming - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
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    Supervenience and Determination.Dean Rickles - 2006 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Dual Theories: ‘Same but Different’ or ‘Different but Same’?Dean Rickles - forthcoming - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
    I argue that, under the glitz, dual theories are examples of theoretically equivalent descriptions of the same underlying physical content: I distinguish them from cases of genuine underdetermination on the grounds that there is no real incompatibility involved between the descriptions. The incompatibility is at the level of unphysical structure. I argue that dual pairs are in fact very strongly analogous to gauge- related solutions even for dual pairs that look the most radically distinct, such as AdS/CFT.
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    The Interpretation of String Dualities.Dean Rickles - unknown
    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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    Bringing the Hole Argument Back in the Loop: A Response to Pooley.Dean Rickles - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 37 (2):381-387.
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    Gauge Pressure. [REVIEW]Dean Rickles, Chris Smeenk, Holger Lyre & Richard Healey - 2009 - Metascience 18 (1):5-41.
    Symposium review of Richard Healey, Gauging What’s Real: The Conceptual Foundations of Contemporary Gauge Theories. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. 297. $99.00 HB.
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    Quantum Gravity: A Primer for Philosophers.Dean Rickles - unknown
    ‘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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    Time, Observables, and Structure.Dean Rickles - unknown
    In this chapter I consider what recent work on background independent physics can do for structuralism, and what structuralism can do for background independent physics. I focus on the problems of time and observables in gravitational physics. The ‘frozen’ character of the observables of general relativity is usually considered to constitute a serious problem for the theory. I argue that by invoking correlations between physical quantities we can provide a natural explanation of the appear- ance of time and change in (...)
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    Introduction: Principles of Quantum Gravity.Karen Crowther & Dean Rickles - 2014 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 46 (2):135-141.
    In this introduction, we describe the rationale behind this special issue on Principles of Quantum Gravity. We explain what we mean by ‘principles’ and relate this to the various contributions. Finally, we draw out some general themes that can be found running throughout these contributions.
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    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]Dean Rickles - 2010 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 41 (2):160-162.
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    The Birth of String Theory. [REVIEW]Dean Rickles - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 44 (4):524-526.
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    Just One Damn Thing After Another.Dean Rickles - 2011 - 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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    What Price Determinism? The Hole Story!Dean Rickles - unknown
    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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    Melville Y. Stewart, Ed. , Science and Religion in Dialogue (2 Vols.) . Reviewed By.Dean Rickles - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (1):62-68.
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    Quantum Gravity Meets &HPS.Dean Rickles - unknown
    I examine the early history of quantum gravity and comment on its suitability as an episode that demands an integrated approach to history and philosophy of science.
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    Reviews. [REVIEW]Ioan Muntean, Patrick McGivern & Dean Rickles - 2009 - Philosophical Psychology 22 (1):107 – 121.
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    Public Health.Dean Rickles - 2011 - 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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  34. L. Nathan Oaklander, The Ontology of Time Reviewed By.Dean Rickles - 2006 - Philosophy in Review 26 (1):54-56.
     
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  35. Robert C. Bishop, The Philosophy of the Social Sciences: An Introduction Reviewed By.Dean Rickles - 2010 - Philosophy in Review 28 (3):169-172.
     
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  36. Kit Fine, Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers Reviewed By.Dean Rickles - 2006 - Philosophy in Review 26 (4):250-252.
     
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    History and Hadrontology.Dean Rickles - 2013 - Metascience 22 (1):81-84.
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  38. Martin R. Jones and Nancy Cartwight, Eds., Idealization XII: Correcting the Model. Idealization and Abstraction in the Sciences Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Dean Rickles - 2006 - Philosophy in Review 26 (5):362-364.
     
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    Keeping It Semireal.Dean Rickles - 2009 - Metascience 18 (2):261-264.
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    David Clarke and Eric Clarke, Eds. , Music and Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Cultural Perspectives . Reviewed By.Dean Rickles - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (4):253-258.
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    Patrick Rebuschat, Martin Rohrmeier, John Hawkins, and Ian Cross, Eds. , Language and Music as Cognitive Systems . Reviewed By.Dean Rickles - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (4):253-258.
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    Econophysics for Philosophers.Dean Rickles - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (4):948-978.
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    AdS/CFT Duality and the Emergence of Spacetime.Dean Rickles - 2013 - 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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    Interpreting Quantum Gravity.Dean Rickles - 2005 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 36 (4):691-715.
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  45. Jon Elster, Explaining Social Behaviour: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences Reviewed By.Dean Rickles - 2010 - Philosophy in Review 28 (3):169-172.
     
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    Quantum Disentanglements.Dean P. Rickles - 2005 - Metascience 14 (2):213-217.
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    Bringing the Hole Argument Back in the Loop: A Response to Pooley.Dean Rickles - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 (2):381-387.
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    Huw Price and Richard Corry, Eds. Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited Reviewed By.Dean Rickles - 2010 - Philosophy in Review 30 (2):127-131.
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    Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom, Eds. , Human Enhancement . Reviewed By.Dean Rickles - 2011 - Philosophy in Review 31 (1):64-66.
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    Peter Machamer and Gereon Wolters, Eds. Thinking About Causes: From Greek Philosophy to Modern Physics Reviewed By.Dean Rickles - 2010 - Philosophy in Review 30 (2):127-131.
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