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Quantization as a guide to ontic structure

Thebault, Karim P.Y. (2012) Quantization as a guide to ontic structure. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    A framework is presented for the provision of a structural realist ontology as dictated by the implications of simultaneously accepting both inter-formulation and classical-quantum species of ‘metaphysical’ underdetermination. The example of non-relativistic particle mechanics is considered, and it is argued that, modulo cer- tain mathematical ambiguities, a viable and consistent candidate structural ontology can be constituted in terms of a Lie algebra morphism between algebras of observ- ables and the relationship between the corresponding state spaces.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Structural Realism, Quantization, Underdetermination
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    General Issues > Structure of Theories
    General Issues > Theory Change
    Depositing User: Dr Karim Thebault
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 06:36
    Last Modified: 23 Mar 2014 12:25
    Item ID: 9128
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9128

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