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Emergence in Effective Field Theories

Bain, Jonathan (2012) Emergence in Effective Field Theories. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    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)
    Keywords: emergence, effective field theory, quantum field theory
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Condensed Matter
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Jonathan Bain
    Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2012 19:16
    Last Modified: 06 Nov 2012 19:16
    Item ID: 9408
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9408

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