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The relational ontology of contemporary physics

Vidotto, Francesca (2022) The relational ontology of contemporary physics. [Preprint]

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Quantum theory can be understood as pointing to an ontology of relations. I observe that this reading of quantum mechanics is supported by the ubiquity of relationality in contemporary fundamental physics, including in classical mechanics, gauge theories, general relativity, quantum field theory, and the tentative theories of quantum gravity.


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Vidotto, Francescafvidotto@uwo.ca0000-0002-9883-0808
Additional Information: This is a preprint of the following chapter: Francesca Vidotto, The relational ontology of contemporary physics, to be published in “Quantum Mechanics and Fundamentality: Naturalizing Quantum Theory between Scientific Realism and Ontological Indeterminacy”, edited by Valia Allori, 2022, Springer, reproduced with permission of Springer.
Keywords: Relational Quantum Mechanics, Structural Realism, Quantum Gravity, Ontology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Francesca Vidotto
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 02:19
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2022 02:19
Item ID: 20176
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 4 January 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20176

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