Michael Miller: “The Underdetermination of Field Theoretic Structure”

Michael Miller (Pittsburgh) will be giving our final talk of the semester, entitled “The Underdetermination of Field Theoretic Structure” on Friday, December 5th. The talk will be held from 5:00-7:00pm in Room 716, Philosophy Hall (Columbia).The abstract for his talk is below. Hope to see you all there!

The Underdetermination of Field Theoretic Structure
Michael Miller, University of Pittsburgh

It has been suggested that quantum field theory suffers from an underdetermination problem because there exist multiple formalisms for capturing its content. In this talk I undermine this position by indicating a sense in which the formalisms can be viewed as partially intertranslatable. However, attention to the relations between the different formalisms reveals that there is a genuine sense in which field theoretic structure is underdetermined. The talk concludes by assessing how the form of underdetermination that does obtain affects the project of interpreting the theory.


There will be a dinner after the talk. If you are interested, please email nyphilsci@gmail.com as soon as possible so that I can make the reservation for the appropriate number of people (please note that all faculty and grad students are welcome, but only the speaker’s dinner will be covered). If you have any other questions, please email nyphilsci@gmail.com.

 

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