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Space Emergence in Contemporary Physics: Why We Do Not Need Fundamentality, Layers of Reality and Emergence

Le Bihan, Baptiste (2018) Space Emergence in Contemporary Physics: Why We Do Not Need Fundamentality, Layers of Reality and Emergence. [Preprint]

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‘Space does not exist fundamentally: it emerges from a more fundamental non-spatial structure.’ This intriguing claim appears in various research programs in contemporary physics. Philosophers of physics tend to believe that this claim entails either that spacetime does not exist, or that it is derivatively real. In this article, I introduce and defend a third metaphysical interpretation of the claim: reductionism about space. I argue that, as a result, there is no need to subscribe to fundamentality, layers of reality and emergence in order to analyse the constitution of space by non-spatial entities. It follows that space constitution, if borne out, does not provide empirical evidence in favour of a stratified, Aristotelian in spirit, metaphysics. The view will be described in relation to two particular research programs in contemporary physics: wave function realism and loop quantum gravity.


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Le Bihan, Baptistebaptiste.lebihan@unige.ch0000-0002-1245-1373
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Disputatio
Keywords: spacetime; space; emergence; fundamentality; levels of reality; quantum gravity; loop quantum gravity; configuration space realism
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Mr. Baptiste Le Bihan
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2018 15:32
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 15:32
Item ID: 15263
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 6 November 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15263

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