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Idealization in Quantum Field Theory

Hartmann, Stephan (2005) Idealization in Quantum Field Theory. [Preprint]

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This paper explores various functions of idealizations in quantum field theory. To this end it is important to first distinguish between different kinds of theories and models of or inspired by quantum field theory. Idealizations have pragmatic and cognitive functions. Analyzing a case-study from hadron physics, I demonstrate the virtues of studying highly idealized models for exploring the features of theories with an extremely rich structure such as quantum field theory and for gaining some understanding of the physical processes in the system under consideration.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Hartmann, Stephan
Keywords: Models, idealizations, understanding, quark models
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Stephan Hartmann
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2411
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2411

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