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Emergence in Effective Field Theories

Bain, Jonathan (2012) Emergence in Effective Field Theories. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This essay considers the extent to which a concept of emergence can be associated with Effective Field Theories (EFTs). I suggest that such a concept can be characterized by microphysicalism and novelty underwritten by the elimination of degrees of freedom from a high-energy theory, and argue that this makes emergence in EFTs distinct from other concepts of emergence in physics that have appeared in the recent philosophical literature.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Bain, Jonathan
Keywords: emergence, effective field theory, quantum field theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Condensed Matter
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Jonathan Bain
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 00:16
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2012 00:16
Item ID: 9408

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