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The reality of relations

Candiotto, Laura (2017) The reality of relations. [Preprint]

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Discussing the contemporary debate about the metaphysics of relations and structural realism, I analyse the philosophical significance of relational quantum mechanics (RQM). Relativising properties of objects (or systems) to other objects (or systems), RQM affirms that reality is inherently relational. My claim is that RQM can be seen as an instantiation of the ontology of ontic structural realism, for which relations are prior to objects, since it provides good reasons for the argument from the primacy of relation. In order to provide some evidence, RQM is interpreted focusing on its metametaphysics, in particular in relation to the very concept of relation, and to the meaning such concept assumes in the dispute between realism and antirealism.


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Candiotto, LauraLaura.Candiotto@ed.ac.uk0000-0001-5293-2836
Keywords: metaphysics of relations; ontic structural realism; Relational Quantum Mechanics; Carlo Rovelli.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Laura Candiotto
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 18:56
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 18:56
Item ID: 14165
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 1 December 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14165

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