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Dr James Fraser

Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Philosophy

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I joined the department in 2019 as a British Academy postdoctoral fellow. My fellowship project “Renormalization: a Philosophical Study” traces the conceptual development of renormalization theory in post-war physics and assesses its implications for debates about scientific realism and emergence in the philosophy of science.


Chapter in book

  • Fraser, James D. (2020). Towards a Realist View of Quantum Field Theory. In Scientific Realism and the Quantum. French, Steven & Juha, Saatsi Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

  • Fraser, James D. (2020). The Real Problem with Perturbative Quantum Field Theory. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 71(2): 391-413.
  • Fraser, James D. (2018). Renormalization and the Formulation of Scientific Realism. Philosophy of Science 85(5): 1164-1175.
  • Fraser, James D. (2016). Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Finite Systems. Philosophy of Science 83(4): 585.