Spacetime functionalism from a realist perspective

Lam, Vincent; Wüthrich, Christian (2020). Spacetime functionalism from a realist perspective. Synthese Springer Netherlands 10.1007/s11229-020-02642-y

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In prior work, we have argued that spacetime functionalism provides tools for clarifying the conceptual difficulties specifically linked to the emergence of spacetime in certain approaches to quantum gravity. We argue in this article that spacetime functionalism in quantum gravity is radically different from other functionalist approaches that have been suggested in quantum mechanics and general relativity: in contrast to these latter cases, it does not compete with purely interpretative alternatives, but is rather intertwined with the physical theorizing itself at the level of quantum gravity. Spacetime functionalism allows one to articulate a coherent realist perspective in the context of quantum gravity, and to relate it to a straightforward realist understanding of general relativity.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Lam, Vincent Minh Duc

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 110 Metaphysics
500 Science > 530 Physics

ISSN:

0039-7857

Publisher:

Springer Netherlands

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Vincent Minh Duc Lam

Date Deposited:

12 Feb 2021 11:23

Last Modified:

18 Apr 2021 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11229-020-02642-y

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/152041

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/152041

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