How to be Humean about symmetries

Toby T Friend*

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I describe three extant attempts to identify the global external symmetries within a Humean framework with theorems of some or other deductive systematisation of the world: respectively, the best system, a meta-best system and a maximally simple system. Each has merits, but also serious flaws. Instead I propose a view of global external symmetries as consequences of the structure of Humean-consistent world-making relations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

The research for this paper has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's (EU) Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 771509 ('MetaScience').

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