A Philosopher Looks at String Theory

PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:95 - 106 (1988)
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In this paper I first describe some simple, but interesting string theory. Then I discuss string field theory and suggest that even though we do not have a complete mathematical formulation, we can get an idea of some of its ontological implications. Next, the significance of supersymmetry and superspace in string theory is briefly considered. Lastly, I consider the question of whether there is, in fact, (good) reason to think string theory may (or will) emerge to replace quantum field theory.

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