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The emergence of spacetime: what role for functionalism?

Margoni, Emilia and Oriti, Daniele (2024) The emergence of spacetime: what role for functionalism? [Preprint]


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Among the various attempts to formulate a theory of quantum gravity, a class of approaches suggests that spacetime, as modeled by general relativity, is destined to fade away. A major issue becomes then to identify which structures may inhabit the more fundamental, non-spatiotemporal environ- ment, as well as to explain the relationship with the higher-level spatiotemporal physics. Recently, it has been suggested that a certain understanding of functionalism is the proper tool to suitably ac- count for the recovery of spacetime. Here the viability and usefulness of such a conceptual strategy is explored, by looking at the various levels of spacetime emergence a theory of quantum gravity is expected to deal with. Our conclusion will be that, while its viability is clear also in a quantum gravity context, the import of spacetime functionalism remains rather unsettled.

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Item Type: Preprint
Margoni, Emiliaemilia.margoni@phd.unipi.it0000-0002-2556-1539
Oriti, Danieledaniele.oriti@physik.lmu.de0000-0002-2004-7063
Keywords: Quantum Gravity, General Relativity, Functionalism, Emergence, Quantum Field theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Depositing User: Prof Daniele Oriti
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2024 06:39
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2024 06:39
Item ID: 23295
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Date: 2024

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