Conventional and Objective Invariance: Debs and Redhead on Symmetry

Publication Year:
2009
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4735
Author(s):
Lutz, Sebastian; Hartmann, Stephan
preprint description
This review is a critical discussion of three main claims in Debs and Redhead’s thought-provoking book Objectivity, Invariance, and Convention. These claims are: (i) Social acts impinge upon formal aspects of scientific representation; (ii) symmetries introduce the need for conventional choice; (iii) perspectival symmetry is a necessary and sufficient condition for objectivity, while symmetry simpliciter fails to be necessary.