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On the Conceptual Issues Surrounding the Notion of Relational Bohmian Dynamics

Vassallo, Antonio and Ip, Pui Him (2016) On the Conceptual Issues Surrounding the Notion of Relational Bohmian Dynamics. [Preprint]

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The paper presents a program to construct a non-relativistic relational Bohmian theory, that is, a theory of N moving point-like particles that dispenses with space and time as fundamental background structures. The relational program proposed is based on the best-matching framework originally developed by Julian Barbour. In particular, the paper focuses on the conceptual problems that arise when trying to implement such a program. It is argued that pursuing a relational strategy in the Bohmian context leads to a more parsimonious ontology than that of standard Bohmian mechanics without betraying the original motivations for adopting a primitive ontology approach to quantum physics. It is also shown how a relational Bohmian approach might clarify the issue of the timelessness of the dynamics resulting from the quantization of a classical relational system of particles.

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Item Type: Preprint
Ip, Pui
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in Foundations of Physics
Keywords: Bohmian mechanics; primitive ontology; relationalism; background independence; best-matching; shape space; time capsule.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Antonio Vassallo
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 12:43
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2016 12:43
Item ID: 11899
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10701-016-9992-z
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2016

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