The Correspondence Principle in Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Gravity
Subject: Arts & Humanities, Philosophy
Keywords: Quantum field theory, Quantum gravity, Causality, Unitarity, Fakeons, Quantization, Correspondence principle, Philosophy, Philosophy of science
We discuss the fate of the correspondence principle beyond quantum mechanics, specifically in quantum field theory and quantum gravity, in connection with the intrinsic limitations of the human ability to observe the external world. We conclude that the best correspondence principle is made of unitarity, locality, proper renormalizability (a refinement of strict renormalizability), combined with fundamental local symmetries and the requirement of having a finite number of fields. Quantum gravity is identified in an essentially unique way. The gauge interactions are uniquely identified in form. Instead, the matter sector remains basically unrestricted. The major prediction is the violation of causality at small distances.