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The Standard Model as a Philosophical Challenge

MacKinnon, Edward (2006) The Standard Model as a Philosophical Challenge. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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There are two opposing traditions in contemporary quantum field theory. Mainstream Lagrangian QFT led to and supports the standard model of particle interactions. Algebraic QFT seeks to provide a rigorous consistent mathematical foundation for field theory, but cannot accommodate the local gauge interactions of the standard model. Interested philosophers face a choice. The can accept algebraic QFT on the grounds of mathematical consistency and general accord with the semantic conception of theory interpretation. This suggests a rejection of particle ontology. Or they can accept the standard model on the grounds of its established success. This alternative, which I defend, suggests revising philosophical accounts of scientific theories.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
MacKinnon, Edward
Keywords: Quantum Field Theory, particles, standard model
Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Edward MacKinnon
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 2946

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