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Reductionism, Emergence, and Effective Field Theories

Castellani, Elena (2000) Reductionism, Emergence, and Effective Field Theories. [Preprint]

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In recent years, a change in attitude in particle physics has led to our understanding current quantum field theories as effective field theories (EFTs). The present paper is concerned with the significance of this EFT approach, especially from the viewpoint of the debate on reductionism in science. In particular, it is a purpose of this paper to clarify how EFTs may provide an interesting case-study in current philosophical discussion on reduction, emergence and inter-level relationships in general.

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Item Type: Preprint
Castellani, Elena
Keywords: reductionism, emergence, fundamentality, inter-level relations, quantum field theory, renormalization
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Elena Castellani
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2001
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 106
Public Domain: No

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