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Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Field Theory

Nick Huggett
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Vol. 51 (2000), pp. 617-637
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3541610
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

Much attention has been directed to the philosophical implications of quantum field theory (QFT) in recent years; this paper attempts a survey in low-technical terms. First the relations of QFT to other kinds of theory, classical and quantum, particle and field, are discussed. Then various formulations of QFT are introduced, along with related interpretations. Finally a review is made of some of the most interesting foundational problems.

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