Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Field Theory

Paperback | October 1, 1995

EditorHarvey R. Brown, Rom Harre

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The aim of this volume of essays is to delineate and examine a range of topics which represent a systematic account of the nature and implications of QFT. The contributors, who include Michael Redhead, James T. Cushing, Paul Teller, and Gordon Fleming, approach QFT from a variety of standpoints. Part I offers two different interpretations of the value of studying the foundations of QFT as an area of separate metaphysical research. Parts II and IIIconsider the metaphysical and methodological implications of such issues as the problem of the status of virtual particles; the technique of renormalization; and the role of covariance principles. Part IV examines the mathematical foundations of QFT.

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The contributors approach QFT from a variety of standpoints. Part I offers two different interpretations of the value of studying the foundations of QFT as an area of separate metaphysical research. Parts II and III consider the metaphysical and methodological implications of such issues as the problem of the status of virtual particle...

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The aim of this volume of essays is to delineate and examine a range of topics which represent a systematic account of the nature and implications of QFT. The contributors, who include Michael Redhead, James T. Cushing, Paul Teller, and Gordon Fleming, approach QFT from a variety of standpoints. Part I offers two different interpreta...

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The contributors approach QFT from a variety of standpoints. Part I offers two different interpretations of the value of studying the foundations of QFT as an area of separate metaphysical research. Parts II and III consider the metaphysical and methodological implications of such issues as the problem of the status of virtual particle...

Harvey R. Brown is at University of Oxford. Rom Harre is at Linacre College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198242891

ISBN - 13:9780198242895

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The contributors approach QFT from a variety of standpoints. Part I offers two different interpretations of the value of studying the foundations of QFT as an area of separate metaphysical research. Parts II and III consider the metaphysical and methodological implications of such issues as the problem of the status of virtual particles; the technique of renormalization; and the role of covariance principles. Part IV examines the mathematical foundations of QFT.

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'the book offers a substantial and stimulating commentary on GFT as an object of philosophical enquiry ,,, the book offers a solid, useful and much needed beginning, and is for the most part clearly written and always clearly presented. I urge anyone with an interest in the subject to acquireit.'C.A. Hooker, University of Newcastle, Philosophy of Science