Weinberg on QFT: Demonstrative induction and underdetermination

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In this essay I examine a recent argument by Steven Weinberg that seeks to establish local quantum field theory as the only type of quantum theory in accord with the relevent evidence and satisfying two basic physical principles. I reconstruct the argument as a demonstrative induction and indicate it's role as a foil to the underdetermination argument in the debate over scientific realism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
JournalSynthese
Volume117
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

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