The Structural Metaphysics of Quantum Theory and General Relativity

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Title
The Structural Metaphysics of Quantum Theory and General Relativity
Journal
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Author(s)
Lam Vincent, Esfeld Michael
ISSN
0925-4560
1572-8587
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2012
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
43
Number
2
Pages
243-258
Language
english
Abstract
The paper compares ontic structural realism in quantum physics with ontic structural realism about space–time. We contend that both quantum theory and general relativity theory support a common, contentful metaphysics of ontic structural realism. After recalling the main claim of ontic structural realism and its physical support, we point out that both in the domain of quantum theory and in the domain of general relativity theory, there are objects whose essential ways of being are certain relations so that these objects do not possess an intrinsic identity. Nonetheless, the qualitative, physical nature of these relations is in the quantum case (entanglement) fundamentally different from the classical, metrical relations treated in general relativity theory.
Keywords
Entanglement, Hole argument, Metric, Modes, Ontic structural realism, Relations, Structures, Weak discernibility
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Yes
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