What is matter? The fundamental ontology of atomism and structural realism

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Title
What is matter? The fundamental ontology of atomism and structural realism
Title of the book
A guide to the philosophy of cosmology
Author(s)
Esfeld Michael, Deckert Dirk-André, Oldofredi Andrea
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Oxford University Press
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Ijjas Anna, Loewer Barry
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english
Abstract
We set out a fundamental ontology of atomism in terms of matter points. While being most parsimonious, this ontology is able to match both classical and quantum mechanics, and it remains a viable option for any future theory of cosmology that goes beyond current quantum physics. The matter points are structurally individuated: all there is to them are the spatial relations in which they stand; neither a commitment to intrinsic properties nor to an absolute space is required. The spatial relations change. All that is needed to capture change is a dynamical structure, namely dynamical relations as expressed in terms of the dynamical parameters of a physical theory.
Keywords
atomism, ontic structural realism, primitive ontology, dynamical structure, relationalism, classical mechanics, Bohmian mechanics
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