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What is matter? The fundamental ontology of atomism and structural realism

Esfeld, Michael and Deckert, Dirk-André and Oldofredi, Andrea (2015) What is matter? The fundamental ontology of atomism and structural realism. [Preprint]

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We set out a fundamental ontology of atomism in terms of matter points. While being most parsimonious, this ontology is able to match both classical and quantum mechanics, and it remains a viable option for any future theory of cosmology that goes beyond current quantum physics. The matter points are structurally individuated: all there is to them are the spatial relations in which they stand; neither a commitment to intrinsic properties nor to an absolute space is required. The spatial relations change. All that is needed to capture change is a dynamical structure, namely dynamical relations as expressed in terms of the dynamical parameters of a physical theory.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Esfeld, MichaelMichael-Andreas.Esfeld@unil.ch
Deckert, Dirk-Andrédeckert@math.lmu.de
Oldofredi, AndreaAndrea.Oldofredi@unil.ch
Keywords: atomism, ontic structural realism, primitive ontology, dynamical structure, relationalism, classical mechanics, Bohmian mechanics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Michael Esfeld
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 14:32
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 14:32
Item ID: 11718
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 13 October 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11718

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