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Taking particle physics seriously: A critique of the algebraic approach to quantum field theory

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I argue against the currently prevalent view that algebraic quantum field theory (AQFT) is the correct framework for philosophy of quantum field theory and that "conventional" quantum field theory (CQFT), of the sort used in mainstream particle physics, is not suitable for foundational study. In doing so, I defend that position that AQFT and CQFT should be understood as rival programs to resolve the mathematical and physical pathologies of renormalization theory, and that CQFT has succeeded i...

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10.1016/j.shpsb.2010.12.001

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Journal:
STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN PHYSICS
Volume:
42
Issue:
2
Pages:
116-125
Publication date:
2011-05-05
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EISSN:
1879-2502
ISSN:
1355-2198
URN:
uuid:e0d3d52f-d318-4d23-8412-005212f8fdeb
Source identifiers:
167597
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pubs:167597

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