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    Harvey R. Brown: Physical Relativity: Space‐Time Structure From a Dynamical Perspective Robert DiSalle: Understanding Space‐Time: The Philosophical Developments of Physics From Newton to Einstein.Reviewed by Nick Huggett - 2009 - Philosophy of Science 76 (3).
    The two books discussed here make important contributions to our understanding of the role of spacetime concepts in physical theories and how that understanding has changed during the evolution of physics. Both emphasize what can be called a ‘dynamical’ account, according to which geometric structures should be understood in terms of their roles in the laws governing matter and force. I explore how the books contribute to such a project; while generally sympathetic, I offer criticisms of some historical claims concerning (...)
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  2. Book Review Of: "Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy" by N. Huggett[REVIEW]Valia Allori - 2011 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (1).
    Book Review of: "Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy" by Nick Huggett.
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  3. Quentin Smith and L. Nathan Oaklander, Time, Change and Freedom: Introduction to Metaphysics Reviewed By.Nick Huggett - 1996 - Philosophy in Review 16 (4):297-298.
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    Exposing the Machinery of Infinite Renormalization.Nick Huggett & Robert Weingard - 1996 - Philosophy of Science 63 (3):167.
    We explicate recent results that shed light on the obscure and troubling problem of renormalization in Quantum Field Theory (QFT). We review how divergent predictions arise in perturbative QFT, and how they are renormalized into finite quantities. Commentators have worried that there is no foundation for renormalization, and hence that QFTs are not logically coherent. We dispute this by describing the physics behind liquid diffusion, in which exactly analogous divergences are found and renormalized. But now we are looking at a (...)
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    Exposing the Machinery of Infinite Renormalization.Nick Huggett & Robert Weingard - 1996 - Philosophy of Science 63 (5):S159-S167.
    We explicate recent results that shed light on the obscure and troubling problem of renormalization in Quantum Field Theory. We review how divergent predictions arise in perturbative QFT, and how they are renormalized into finite quantities. Commentators have worried that there is no foundation for renormalization, and hence that QFTs are not logically coherent. We dispute this by describing the physics behind liquid diffusion, in which exactly analogous divergences are found and renormalized. But now we are looking at a problem (...)
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    Book Review: By Nick Bostrom. Routledge, New York and London, 2002, Xiii+ 224 Pp., $70 (Hardcover). ISBN 0-415-93858-9. [REVIEW]Milan M. Ćirković - 2002 - Foundations of Physics 32 (11):1797-1801.
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    Dominic Gregory, Showing, Sensing, and Seeming. Reviewed by Nick Wiltsher. [REVIEW]Nick Wiltsher - 2015 - Philosophy in Review 35 (3):143-145.
    Review of Dominic Gregory's "Showing, Sensing, and Seeming".
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    Review of William L. Rowe on Philosophy of Religion: Selected Writings, Edited by Nick Trakakis: Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7546-555-9, Hb, 462 Pp. [REVIEW]Jeff Jordan - 2009 - Sophia 48 (4):495-496.
    ‘William L. Rowe on Philosophy of Religion’ edited by Nick Trakakis, collects 30 papers of William Rowe's important work in the philosophy of religion. I review this collection, and offer an objection of one of Rowe's arguments.
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    Skeptical Notes on a Physics of Passage.Nick Huggett - 2014 - Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1326 (1):9-17.
    This paper investigates the mathematical representation of time in physics. In existing theories time is represented by the real numbers, hence their formal proper- ties represent properties of time: these are surveyed. The central question of the paper is whether the existing representation of time is adequate, or whether it can or should be supplemented: especially, do we need a physics incorporating some kind of ‘dynamical passage’ of time? The paper argues that the existing mathematical framework is resistant to such (...)
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    Out of Nowhere: Duality.Nick Huggett & Christian Wüthrich - manuscript
    This is a chapter of the planned monograph "Out of Nowhere: The Emergence of Spacetime in Quantum Theories of Gravity", co-authored by Nick Huggett and Christian Wüthrich and under contract with Oxford University Press. (More information at www<dot>beyondspacetime<dot>net.) This chapter investigates the meaning and significance of string theoretic dualities, arguing they reveal a surprising physical indeterminateness to spacetime.
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    On Newton’s Method: William L. Harper: Isaac Newton’s Scientific Method: Turning Data Into Evidence About Gravity and Cosmology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, 360pp, $75 HB. [REVIEW]Nick Huggett, George E. Smith, David Marshall Miller & William Harper - 2013 - Metascience 22 (2):215-246.
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    The Renormalisation Group and Effective Field Theories.Nick Huggett & Robert Weingard - 1995 - Synthese 102 (1):171 - 194.
    Much apprehension has been expressed by philosophers about the method of renormalisation in quantum field theory, as it apparently requires illegitimate procedure of infinite cancellation. This has lead to various speculations, in particular in Teller (1989). We examine Teller's discussion of perturbative renormalisation of quantum fields, and show why it is inadequate. To really approach the matter one needs to understand the ideas and results of the renormalisation group, so we give a simple but comprehensive account of this topic. With (...)
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  13. Emergent Spacetime and Empirical (in) Coherence.Nick Huggett & Christian Wüthrich - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (3):276-285.
    Numerous approaches to a quantum theory of gravity posit fundamental ontologies that exclude spacetime, either partially or wholly. This situation raises deep questions about how such theories could relate to the empirical realm, since arguably only entities localized in spacetime can ever be observed. Are such entities even possible in a theory without fundamental spacetime? How might they be derived, formally speaking? Moreover, since by assumption the fundamental entities cannot be smaller than the derived and so cannot ‘compose’ them in (...)
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    Target Space ≠ Space.Nick Huggett - 2017 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 59:81-88.
    This paper investigates the significance of T-duality in string theory: the indistinguisha- bility with respect to all observables, of models attributing radically different radii to space – larger than the observable universe, or far smaller than the Planck length, say. Two interpretational branch points are identified and discussed. First, whether duals are physically equivalent or not: by considering a duality of the familiar simple harmonic oscillator, I argue that they are. Unlike the oscillator, there are no measurements ‘outside’ string theory (...)
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  15. Nick Fotion, John Searle Reviewed By.Robert M. Harnish - 2001 - Philosophy in Review 21 (5):332-334.
     
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    Essay Review:Physical RelativityandUnderstanding Space‐Time* Harvey R. Brown , Physical Relativity: Space‐Time Structure From a Dynamical Perspective . Oxford: Oxford University Press (2005), 240 Pp., $75.00 (Cloth). Robert DiSalle , Understanding Space‐Time: The Philosophical Developments of Physics From Newton to Einstein . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2006), 188 Pp., $90.00 (Cloth). [REVIEW]Nick Huggett - 2009 - Philosophy of Science 76 (3):404-422.
  17. Essay Review-HARVEY R. BROWN: Physical Relativity: Space-Time Structure From a Dynamical Perspective.Nick Huggett - 2009 - Philosophy of Science 76 (3):404.
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    Critical Review: Paul Teller's Interpretive Introduction to Quantum Field Theory.Nick Huggett & Robert Weingard - 1996 - Philosophy of Science 63 (2):302.
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    What Did Newton Mean by ‘Absolute Motion’?Nick Huggett - 2012 - In Andrew Janiak & Eric Schliesser (eds.), Interpreting Newton: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press. pp. 196-218.
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  20. Deriving General Relativity From String Theory.Nick Huggett & Tiziana Vistarini - 2015 - Philosophy of Science 82 (5):1163-1174.
    Weyl symmetry of the classical bosonic string Lagrangian is broken by quantization, with profound consequences described here. Reimposing symmetry requires that the background space-time satisfy the equations of general relativity: general relativity, hence classical space-time as we know it, arises from string theory. We investigate the logical role of Weyl symmetry in this explanation of general relativity: it is not an independent physical postulate but required in quantum string theory, so from a certain point of view it plays only a (...)
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  21. Identity, Quantum Mechanics and Common Sense.Nick Huggett - 1997 - The Monist 80 (1):118-130.
    I want to review some ways in which Quantum Mechanics seems to affront our “common-sense” notions of identity. Let’s start with a list.
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  22. A Journey Surveying the Land of Space, Time and Motion: Nick Huggett: Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010, 234pp, £15.99 PB.Christian Wüthrich - 2012 - Metascience 21 (2):485-488.
    A journey surveying the land of space, time and motion Content Type Journal Article Category Book Review Pages 1-4 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9575-8 Authors Christian Wüthrich, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0119, USA Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  23. Out of Nowhere: Introduction: The Emergence of Spacetime.Nick Huggett & Christian Wuthrich - 2021
    This is a chapter of the planned monograph "Out of Nowhere: The Emergence of Spacetime in Quantum Theories of Gravity", co-authored by Nick Huggett and Christian Wüthrich and under contract with Oxford University Press. (More information at www<dot>beyondspacetime<dot>net.) This chapter introduces the problem of emergence of spacetime in quantum gravity. It introduces the main philosophical challenge to spacetime emergence and sketches our preferred solution to it.
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  24. Out of Nowhere: The Emergence of Spacetime From Causal Sets.Christian Wüthrich & Nick Huggett - manuscript
    This is a chapter of the planned monograph "Out of Nowhere: The Emergence of Spacetime in Quantum Theories of Gravity", co-authored by Nick Huggett and Christian Wüthrich and under contract with Oxford University Press. (More information at www<dot>beyondspacetime<dot>net.) This chapter sketches how spacetime emerges in causal set theory and demonstrates how this question is deeply entangled with genuinely philosophical concerns.
     
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    Review of David Z. Albert, Time and Chance[REVIEW]Nick Huggett - 2002 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2002 (2).
  26. Why Manifold Substantivalism is Probably Not a Consequence of Classical Mechanics.Nick Huggett - 1999 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 13 (1):17 – 34.
    This paper develops and defends three related forms of relationism about spacetime against attacks by contemporary substantivalists. It clarifies Newton's globes argument to show that it does not bear on relations that fail to determine geodesic motions, since the inertial effects on which Newton relies are not simply correlated with affine structure, but must be understood in dynamical terms. It develops remarks by Sklar and van Fraassen into relational versions of Newtonian mechanics, and argues that Earman does not show them (...)
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    Reflections on Parity Nonconservation.Nick Huggett - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (2):219-241.
    This paper considers the implications for the relational-substantival debate of observations of parity nonconservation in weak interactions, a much neglected topic. It is argued that 'geometric proofs' of absolute space, first proposed by Kant (1768), fail, but that parity violating laws allow 'mechanical proofs', like Newton's laws. Parity violating laws are explained and arguments analogous to those of Newton's Scholium are constructed to show that they require absolute spacetime structure--namely, an orientation--as Newtonian mechanics requires affine structure. Finally, it is considered (...)
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    On the Significance of Permutation Symmetry.Nick Huggett - 1999 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (3):325-347.
    There has been considerable recent philosophical debate over the implications of many particle quantum mechanics for the metaphysics of individuality (cf. Huggett [1997]). In this paper I look at things from a rather different perspective: by investigating the significance of permutation symmetry. I consider how various philosophical positions link up to the physical postulate of the indistinguishability of permuted states-permutation invariance-and how this postulate is used to explain quantum statistics. I offer an explanation of the statistics that relies on (...)
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    Quarticles and the Identity of Indiscernibles.Nick Huggett - 2003 - .
    A number of commentators (especially French and Redhead, 1988, and Butterfield, 1993) have investigated the status of the principle of the identity of indiscernibles (PII) for bosons and fermions. In this paper I extend that investigation to the full range of quantum particles of any allowed kind of statistics -- `quarticles', that is. I show that for any kind (except bosons and fermions) there are states in which PII is violated by every pair of particles, some pairs and not others, (...)
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    On the Field Aspect of Quantum Fields.Nick Huggett & Robert Weingard - 1994 - Erkenntnis 40 (3):293 - 301.
    In this paper we contrast the idea of a field as a system with an infinite number of degrees of freedom with a recent alternative proposed by Paul Teller in Teller (1990). We show that, although our characterisation lacks the immediate appeal of Teller's, it has more success producing agreement with intuitive categorisations than his does. We go on to extend the distinction to Quantum Mechanics, explaining the important role that it plays there. Finally, we take some time to investigate (...)
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    Book Review: Nick Megoran, with a Foreword by Nick Ladd, Warlike Christians in an Age of Violence: The Evangelical Case Against War and for Gospel Peace. [REVIEW]David Kwon - 2019 - Studies in Christian Ethics 32 (4):563-566.
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    Nick Chater and Mike Oaksford, Eds. The Probabilistic Mind: Prospects for Bayesian Cognitive Science Reviewed By.Anton Petrenko - 2010 - Philosophy in Review 30 (1):16-19.
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    Nick Trakakis, The End of Philosophy of Religion Reviewed By.Roger Pouivet - 2010 - Philosophy in Review 30 (2):151-154.
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    Interpretations of Quantum Field Theory.Nick Huggett & Robert Weingard - 1994 - Philosophy of Science 61 (3):370-388.
    In this paper we critically review the various attempts that have been made to understand quantum field theory. We focus on Teller's (1990) harmonic oscillator interpretation, and Bohm et al.'s (1987) causal interpretation. The former unabashedly aims to be a purely heuristic account, but we show that it is only interestingly applicable to the free bosonic field. Along the way we suggest alternative models. Bohm's interpretation provides an ontology for the theory--a classical field, with a quantum equation of motion. This (...)
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    Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom, Eds. , Human Enhancement . Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Dean Rickles - 2011 - Philosophy in Review 31 (1):64-66.
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    What Are Quanta, and Why Does It Matter?Nick Huggett - 1994 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:69 - 76.
    I criticize a certain view of the 'quanta' of quantum mechanics that sees them as fundamentally non-atomistic and fundamentally significant for our understanding of quantum fields. In particular, I have in mind work by Redhead and Teller (1991, 1992 and Teller 1990). I prove that classical particles do not have the rather strong flavour of identity often associated with them; permuting positions and momenta does not produce distinct states. I show that even the label free excitation formalism is compatible with (...)
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    Nick Zangwill, Music and Aesthetic Reality: Formalism and the Limits of Description. Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Christopher Bartel - 2016 - Philosophy in Review 36 (1):42-43.
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    Book Review: A Political Companion to W.E.B. Du Bois, by Nick Bromell. [REVIEW]Elvira Basevich - 2018 - Political Theory 48 (5):766-72.
  39. Nick Zangwill, The Metaphysics of Beauty Reviewed By.Glenn Parsons - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (1):76-78.
     
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    Review Essay: Contingent Future Persons, Edited by Nick Fotion and Jan C. Heller.Stuart Rachels - 1999 - Bioethics 13 (2):160–167.
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    Book Review: Understanding Australia's Neighbours: An Introduction to East and Southeast Asia by Nick Knight Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004 Reviewed by Neil Renwick. [REVIEW]Neil Renwick - 2007 - Theory, Culture and Society 24 (4):152-156.
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  42. Nick Hewlett, Badiou, Balibar, Ranciere: Re-Thinking Emancipation Reviewed By.Bryan Smyth - 2008 - Philosophy in Review 28 (6):411-413.
  43. Local Philosophies of Science.Nick Huggett - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):137.
    Since the collapse of the 'received view' consensus in the late 1960s, the question of scientific realism has been a major preoccupation of philosophers of science. This paper sketches the history of this debate, which grew from developments in the philosophy of language, but eventually took on an autonomous existence. More recently, the debate has tended towards more 'local' considerations of particular scientific episodes as a way of getting purchase on the issues. The paper reviews two such approaches, Fine's and (...)
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    Book Review: Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy. By Nick Bostrom. Routledge, New York and London, 2002, Xiii+224 Pp., $70 (Hardcover). ISBN 0-415-93858-9. [REVIEW]Milan M. Ćirković - 2002 - Foundations of Physics 32 (11):1797-1801.
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    Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. By Nick Bostrom. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014, Pp. Xvi+328. Hardcover: $29.95/ £18.99. ISBN: 9780199678112. [REVIEW]Sheldon Richmond - 2016 - Philosophy 91 (1):125-130.
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    Lost horizon? – modeling black holes in string theory.Nick Huggett & Keizo Matsubara - 2021 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 11 (3):1-19.
    The modeling of black holes is an important desideratum for any quantum theory of gravity. Not only is a classical black hole metric sought, but also agreement with the laws of black hole thermodynamics. In this paper, we describe how these goals are achieved in string theory. We review black hole thermodynamics, and then explicate the general stringy derivation of classical spacetimes, the construction of a simple black hole solution, and the derivation of its entropy. With that in hand, we (...)
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  47. Essay Review: Physical Relativity and Understanding Space‐Time.Nick Huggett - 2009 - 76 (3).
     
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    Alain Badiou, Philosophy for Militants. Reviewed By.Nick J. Sciullo - 2017 - Philosophy in Review 37 (5/6):183-184.
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    Out of Nowhere: The 'Emergence' of Spacetime in String Theory.Nick Huggett & Christian Wüthrich - manuscript
    This is a chapter of the planned monograph "Out of Nowhere: The Emergence of Spacetime in Quantum Theories of Gravity", co-authored by Nick Huggett and Christian Wüthrich and under contract with Oxford University Press. This chapter analyses the nature and derivation of spacetime topology and geometry according to string theory.
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  50. Out of Nowhere: Spacetime From Causality: Causal Set Theory.Christian Wüthrich & Nick Huggett - manuscript
    This is a chapter of the planned monograph "Out of Nowhere: The Emergence of Spacetime in Quantum Theories of Gravity", co-authored by Nick Huggett and Christian Wüthrich and under contract with Oxford University Press. (More information at www<dot>beyondspacetime<dot>net.) This chapter introduces causal set theory and identifies and articulates a 'problem of space' in this theory.
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