Symmetry & Possibility: To Reduce or not Reduce?

Publication Year:
2004
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1846
Author(s):
Rickles, Dean
preprint description
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.