A Minimalist Ontology of the Natural World – eBook

eBook details

  • Authors: Michael Esfeld, Dirk-Andre Deckert
  • File Size: 1 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B078NG85WC
  • ISBN-10: 1138307300
  • ISBN-13: 9781138307308


This e-book, A Minimalist Ontology of the Natural World (PDF) seeks to work out which commitments are minimally ample to acquire an ontology of the pure world that matches all of in the present day’s effectively-established bodily theories. We suggest an ontology of the pure world that’s outlined solely by 2 axioms:

  1. The matter factors are everlasting, with the distances between them altering.
  2. There are distance relations that individuate easy objects, specifically matter factors.

Everything else is available in as a way to characterize the change in the distance relations in a fashion that’s each as informative and so simple as doable. The e-book works this minimalist ontology out in philosophical in addition to mathematical phrases and reveals how one can perceive classical mechanics, quantum discipline idea, and relativistic physics on the foundation of this ontology. Along the manner, we search to realize 4 subsidiary goals: (a) to make a case for holistic individuation of the fundamental objects (ontic structural realism); (b) to work out a brand new model of Humeanism, dubbed Super-Humeanism, that does with out pure properties; (c) to set out an ontology of quantum physics that’s an alternative choice to quantum state realism and that avoids any ontological dualism of particles and fields; (d) to vindicate a relationalist ontology primarily based on level objects additionally in the area of relativistic physics.

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