Local Selective Realism: Shifting from Classical to Quantum Electrodynamics

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This article elaborates local selective realism in view of the shifting from classical to quantum electrodynamics. After some introductory remarks, we critically address what we call global selective realism, hence setting forth the background for outlining local selective realism. When examining the transition from classical to quantum electrodynamics, we evaluate both continuities and discontinuities in observational features, mathematical structures, and ontological presuppositions. Our argument leads us to criticise the narrow understanding of limiting-case strategies, and to reject the claim that we need a fully coherent theoretical framework to account for the transition from one theory to its successor in the case of electrodynamics. We close with a few remarks on the scope of local selective realism.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)955-970
Número de páginas16
PublicaciónFoundations of Science
Volumen25
N.º4
DOI
EstadoPublicada - dic 2020
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