Theory Assessment and Final Theory Claim in String Theory

Citation data:

Foundations of Physics, ISSN: 0015-9018, Vol: 43, Issue: 1, Page: 81-100

Publication Year:
2013
Usage 1557
Downloads 659
Abstract Views 577
Full Text Views 308
Link-outs 13
Captures 48
Exports-Saves 47
Readers 1
Social Media 4
Tweets 4
Citations 5
Citation Indexes 5
Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9565
DOI:
10.1007/s10701-011-9592-x
Author(s):
Dawid, Richard
Publisher(s):
Springer Nature, Springer
Tags:
Physics and Astronomy
Most Recent Tweet View All Tweets
article description
String theory has by now maintained a highly influential position in high energy physics for more than a quarter of a century. The present article analyses the reasons for the considerable trust exponents of string theory have in their theory even though it has neither found empirical confirmation nor a complete formulation up to this point. It is argued that this trust can be understood in terms of an emerging new conception of theory assessment that relies strongly on the identification of limitations to the underdetermination of scientific theory building. The second part of the paper makes the point that another conspicuous element of string theoretical reasoning, the prominent role of the notion of a final theory, can be understood in terms of this altered notion of theory assessment as well. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

This article has 0 Wikipedia mention.