Emergence in Effective Field Theories

Abstract

This essay considers the extent to which a concept of emergence can be associated with Effective Field Theories (EFTs). I suggest that such a concept can be characterized by microphysicalism and novelty underwritten by the elimination of degrees of freedom from a high-energy theory, and argue that this makes emergence in EFTs distinct from other concepts of emergence in physics that have appeared in the recent philosophical literature. Word count: 5052.

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@inproceedings{Bain2012EmergenceIE, title={Emergence in Effective Field Theories}, author={Jonathan Bain}, year={2012} }