Quantization as a Guide to Ontic Structure

Karim P Y Thébault*

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The ontic structural realist stance is motivated by a desire to do philosophical justice to the success of science, whilst withstanding the metaphysical undermining generated by the various species of ontological underdetermination. Weare, however, as yet in want of general principles to provide a scaffold for the explicit construction of structural ontologies. Here we will attempt to bridge this gap by utilizing the formal procedure of quantization as a guide to ontic structure of modern physical theory. The example of non-relativistic particle mechanics will be considered and, for that case, it will be shown that a viable candidate for an ontic structural realism framework can be constituted in terms of the combination of a state-space with Poisson bracket structure, and a set of observables, with Lie algebra structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-114
Number of pages26
JournalBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Issue number1
Early online date13 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


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