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 in this task and AQFT has failed. I also defend CQFT from recent criticisms made by Doreen Fraser.
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Steven French (2012). Unitary Inequivalence as a Problem for Structural Realism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 43 (2):121-136.
Karen Crowther (2013). Emergent Spacetime According to Effective Field Theory: From Top-Down and Bottom-Up. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (3):321-328.
Emanuele Rossanese (2013). Trope Ontology and Algebraic Quantum Field Theory: An Evaluation of Kuhlmann's Proposal. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (4):417-423.
Hilary Greaves & Teruji Thomas (2014). On the CPT Theorem. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 45:46-65.

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