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Inconsistency, Asymmetry, and Non-LocalityA Philosophical Investigation of Classical Electrodynamics$
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Mathias Frisch

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172157

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195172159.001.0001

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(p.193) Conclusion
Inconsistency, Asymmetry, and Non-Locality

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A summary of the main arguments of the previous chapters is presented. Among these are that a theory’s formalism may be inconsistent and yet allow the construction of highly reliable models of the phenomena of a certain domain. It is shown that there are scientifically meaningful distinctions between various causal locality principles that cannot be captured in causal terms. The most promising explanation for the temporal asymmetry exhibited by the total fields in the presence of radiating charges appeals to a causal constraint, namely that the field component physically associated with a radiating source is fully retarded.

Keywords:   scientific theory, formalism, causal locality principles, temporal asymmetry, radiating charges

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