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Inconsistency

Mathias Frisch

in Inconsistency, Asymmetry, and Non-Locality

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172157
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835294 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195172159.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Inconsistency

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This chapter argues that the main approach to modeling the interactions between classical microscopic particles and electromagnetic fields is inconsistent. Contrary to what many philosophers consider as ‘philosophical common sense’, a theoretical scheme can be inconsistent and yet be successful. Even without the certain prospect of a ‘correct’ theory waiting in the wings, very good and interesting physics can be done with an inconsistent theory.

Keywords: interaction; classical microscopic particles; electromagnetic fields; particle-field theory; inconsistency; physics

Chapter.  12004 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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