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The Renormalization Group, Approximate Truth and Local RealismScientific 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.
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
University of Leeds