The Feynman Diagrams and Virtual Quanta

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bacelar valente, mario
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The received view in philosophical studies of quantum field theory is that the Feynman diagrams are simply calculational tools. Alongside with this view we have the one that takes the virtual quanta to be also simply formal tools. This received view was developed and consolidated in philosophy of physics works by Mario Bunge, Paul Teller, Michael Redhead, Robert Weingard, Brigitte Falkenburg, and others. In this paper I will present an alternative to the received view.