PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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The Renormalization Group, Approximate Truth and Local Realism

Scientific realists have struggled to spell out in what sense our best physical theories can reasonably be believed to be approximately true. I argue that renormalization group methods alleviate this problem in the context of high energy physics. I claim, in particular, that the renormalization group provides a framework for explicating the relation theories like quantum electrodynamics and quantum chromodynamics bear to as yet unknown theories beyond the standard model.

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James Fraser    
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
University of Leeds


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