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Can Bohmian Mechanics Be Made Background Independent?

Vassallo, Antonio (2015) Can Bohmian Mechanics Be Made Background Independent? [Preprint]

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The paper presents an inquiry into the question regarding the compatibility of Bohmian mechanics, intended as a non-local theory of moving point-like particles, with background independence. This issue is worth being investigated because, if the Bohmian framework has to be of some help in developing new physics, it has to be compatible with the most well-established traits of modern physics, background independence being one of such traits. The paper highlights the fact that the notion of background independence in the context of spacetime physics is slippery and interpretation-laden. It is then suggested that the best-matching framework developed by Julian Barbour might provide a robust enough meaning of background independence. The structure of Bohmian dynamics is evaluated against this framework, reaching some intermediate results that speak in favor of the fact that Bohmian mechanics can be made background independent.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Vassallo, Antonioantonio.vassallo@unil.ch
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
Keywords: Bohmian mechanics; background independence; shape space; best-matching.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Antonio Vassallo
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 15:50
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 15:50
Item ID: 11653
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2015.08.005
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11653

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