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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Well posedness and physical possibility
by Gyenis, Balazs, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2013, 183; 3585420
Abstract (Summary)

There is a sentiment shared among physicists that well posedness is a necessary condition for physical possibility. The arguments usually offered for well posedness have an epistemic flavor and thus they fall short of establishing the metaphysical claim that lack of well posedness implies physical impossibility. In this work we analyze the relationship of well posedness to prediction and confirmation as well as the notion of physical possibility and we devise three novel and independent argumentative strategies that may succeed where the usual epistemic arguments fail.

Keywords: determinism, laws of nature, metaphysics, philosophy of physics, physical possibility, prediction, well posed problem.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Earman, John, Norton, John
School: University of Pittsburgh
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, Theoretical physics
Keywords: Determinism, Laws of nature, Metaphysics, Philosophy of physics, Physical possibility, Prediction, Well-posed problem
Publication Number: 3585420
ISBN: 978-1-303-77902-2
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