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Quantum Entanglement Undermines Structural Realism

Park, Seungbae (2021) Quantum Entanglement Undermines Structural Realism. Metaphysica.


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Quantum entanglement poses a challenge to the traditional metaphysical view that an extrinsic property of an object is determined by its intrinsic properties. So structural realists might be tempted to cite quantum entanglement as evidence for structural realism. I argue, however, that quantum entanglement undermines structural realism. If we classify two entangled electrons as a single system, we can say that their spin properties are intrinsic properties of the system, and that we can have knowledge about these intrinsic properties. Specifically, we can know that the parts of the system are entangled and spatially separated from each other. In addition, the concept of supervenience neither illuminates quantum entanglement nor helps structural realism.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Park, Seungbae
Keywords: Intrinsic Property, Quantum Entanglement, Relational Property, Structural Realism, Supervenience
Depositing User: Dr. Seungbae Park
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2021 14:33
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2021 14:33
Item ID: 18896
Journal or Publication Title: Metaphysica
Date: 2021

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