Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 289–294

The Just-So Higgs Story: A Response to Adrian Wüthrich


DOI: 10.1007/s10838-012-9200-6

Cite this article as:
Lyre, H. J Gen Philos Sci (2012) 43: 289. doi:10.1007/s10838-012-9200-6

I give a response to Adrian Wüthrich’s critical review of my analysis of the Higgs mechanism, in which I try to clarify some possible misunderstandings. I concede that, as Wüthrich points out, many physicists see the Higgs mechanism as the roll-over from a symmetrical potential in the initial Lagrangian to a symmetry-breaking potential, while my former analysis had basically focused on the gauge-invariant transformation of the initial Lagrangian into the intended form. My main contention, however, still is that neither Higgs story has (as yet) much explanatory power.


Higgs mechanism Gauge invariant account Explanatory power Neutrinos 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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