Problems in classical electrodynamics: Only for point-like particles?

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Hi.

I was surprised when I first read that there's quite a couple of unsolved problems in classical electrodynamics, such as the Abraham–Lorentz force. I have a couple of questions about that:
  1. Do those difficulties only appear for exact point-like particles? Do they all vanish with continuous charge densities (even if they might be localized around a very small, yet finite, region in space)?
  2. If yes: Isn't the assumption of point-like particles or also quantized charge already quantum, so why would we even expect classical electrodynamics to hold?
 
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greypilgrim said:
Do those difficulties only appear for exact point-like particles? Do they all vanish with continuous charge densities (even if they might be localized around a very small, yet finite, region in space)?
As far as I know, yes. All of the mathematical inconsistencies stem from classical point charges.

greypilgrim said:
Isn't the assumption of point-like particles or also quantized charge already quantum, so why would we even expect classical electrodynamics to hold?
I agree. To me these issues speak more to the non-existence of classical point particles than anything else.
 
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