Philosophical perspectives on ad hoc hypotheses and the Higgs mechanism

Synthese 191 (16):3897-3917 (2014)
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We examine physicists’ charge of ad hocness against the Higgs mechanism in the standard model of elementary particle physics. We argue that even though this charge never rested on a clear-cut and well-entrenched definition of “ad hoc”, it is based on conceptual and methodological assumptions and principles that are well-founded elements of the scientific practice of high-energy particle physics. We further evaluate the implications of the recent discovery of a Higgs-like particle at the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider for the charge of ad hocness against the Higgs mechanism

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Koray Karaca
University Of Wuppertal
Simon Friederich
University of Groningen

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