13 novembre 2017: C. Hoefer: Quantum Natural Kinds: like Atoms, or Phlogiston?
Conferenza organizzata dal Centre for Philosophy of Time
Carl Hoefer (Barcelona)
Quantum Natural Kinds: like Atoms, or Phlogiston?
13 novembre 2017, ore 15:00-17:00.
Sala Enzo Paci, Direzione del Dipartimento di Filosofia, Via Festa del Perdono 7, Milano
In recent years I have defended the thesis that scientific realism can best be defended if we exclude fundamental physics — GR and most quantum theories — from the ambit of the proverbial “best current theories”. As part of this project, I look at how reference to scientific natural kinds falling (partly or wholly) outside the scope of fundamental physics is now stable across theory change, both past theory changes and potential future ones. Some of these kinds that once were exclusively in the domain of fundamental physics — e.g. atoms or electrons — are now stabilised by their roles in a host of theories, models, and technologies, both inside and outside physics. By contrast, many natural kinds found in the most fundamental quantum theories, such as quarks or the Higgs particle (or field), do not have anything like the same empirical credentials. These hypothetical entities might, for all we know, be more like phlogiston than like atoms.
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