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The Philosophy of Quantum Field Theory

Baker, David John (2015) The Philosophy of Quantum Field Theory. [Preprint]

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Abstract

If we divide our physical theories (somewhat artificially) into theories of matter and theories of spacetime, quantum field theory (QFT) is our most fundamental empirically successful theory of matter. As such, it has attracted increasing attention from philosophers over the past two decades, beginning to eclipse its predecessor theory of quantum mechanics (QM) in the philosophical literature. Here I survey some central philosophical puzzles about the theory's foundations.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Baker, David Johndjbaker@umich.edu
Additional Information: Draft of an article for OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE.
Keywords: quantum field theory, unitarily inequivalent representations, CPT theorem, field interpretations, particle interpretations
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: David Baker
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2015 23:09
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2015 23:09
Item ID: 11375
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Date: 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11375

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