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Décio Krause

Quantum Mereology _From Handbook of Mereology


ISBN: 978-3-88405-656-1

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A ‘quantum mereology’, that is, a mereology that could be used in the ontology of quantum physics, should address at least the following four questions. The first question is methodological. In the standard formalism that uses Hilbert spaces, any objects of discourse proper (particles, say) have disappeared. The formalism speaks of the states of physical systems and not of quantum objects. Thus it has been suggested by some that ontological questions are irrelevant for physics, since physics describes why the world is as it is, and not what exists in the world. For instance, Steven Weinberg said that “the aim of physics at its most fundamental level is not just to describe the world, but to explain why it is the way it is”(Weinberg 1993, p.175). Thus, if mereology is the study of part-whole relations holding among objects, quantum mereology needs to accommodate the fact that quantum objects properly speaking do not appear as parts of the formalism. On the other hand, one might insist with Sunny Auyang that “physical theories are about things” (Auyang 1995, p.152) and postulate that there is a “reality” behind the formalism, composed of quantum objects of some kind, yet a “reality” that may remain veiled, to use B. d’Espagnat’s suggestion (2006, pp.236ff). …




 





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