Philosophical perspectives on ad hoc hypotheses and the Higgs mechanism

Simon Friederich, Robert Harlander, Koray Karaca*

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We examine physicists' charge of ad hocness against the Higgs mechanism in the standard model of elementary particle physics. We argue that even though this charge never rested on a clear-cut and well-entrenched definition of "ad hoc", it is based on conceptual and methodological assumptions and principles that are well-founded elements of the scientific practice of high-energy particle physics. We further evaluate the implications of the recent discovery of a Higgs-like particle at the CERN's Large Hadron Collider for the charge of ad hocness against the Higgs mechanism.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)3897-3917
Aantal pagina's21
Nummer van het tijdschrift16
StatusPublished - nov-2014
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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