MacKinnon, Edward (2006) The Standard Model as a Philosophical Challenge. In:  Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers.
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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)|
|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
|Conferences and Volumes:|| Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers|
|Depositing User:||Edward MacKinnon|
|Date Deposited:||13 Oct 2006|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 11:14|
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