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Reconciling axiomatic quantum field theory with cutoff-dependent particle physics

Koberinski, Adam (2016) Reconciling axiomatic quantum field theory with cutoff-dependent particle physics. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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The debate between Fraser and Wallace (2011) over the foundations of quantum field theory (QFT) has spawned increased focus on both the axiomatic and conventional formalisms. The debate has set the tone for future foundational analysis, and has forced philosophers to “pick a side”. The two are seen as competing research programs, and the major divide between the two manifests in how each handles renormalization. In this paper I argue that the terms set by the Fraser-Wallace debate are misleading. AQFT and CQFT should be viewed as complementary formalisms that start from the same physical basis. Further, the focus on cutoffs as demarcating the two approaches is also highly misleading. Though their methods differ, both axiomatic and conventional QFT seek to use the same physical principles to explain the same domain of phenomena.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Koberinski, Adamakoberin@uwo.ca
Keywords: Renormalization, quantum field theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Mr. Adam Koberinski
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 15:24
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 15:24
Item ID: 12496
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Date: October 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12496

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