Deriving the manifestly qualitative world from a pure-power base: Light-like networks

Ford, Sharon R. (2011) Deriving the manifestly qualitative world from a pure-power base: Light-like networks. Philosophia Scientiae, 15 3: 155-175. doi:10.4000/philosophiascientiae.690

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Author Ford, Sharon R.
Title Deriving the manifestly qualitative world from a pure-power base: Light-like networks
Language of Title eng
Journal name Philosophia Scientiae   Check publisher's open access policy
Translated journal name Studies in History of Sciences and Philosophy
Language of Journal Name lat
ISSN 1281-2463
ISBN 9782841745692
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4000/philosophiascientiae.690
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 155
End page 175
Total pages 21
Editor Christophe Bouriau
Catherine Dufour
Philippe Lombard
Place of publication Paris, France
Publisher Editions Kime
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Seeking to derive the manifestly qualitative world of objects and entities without recourse to fundamental categoricity or qualitativity, l offer an account of how higher-order categorical properties and objects may emerge from a pure-power base. l explore the possibility of ‘fields’ whose fluctuations are force-carrying entities, differentiated with respect to a microtopology of curled-up spatial dimensions. Since the spacetime paths of gauge bosons have zero ‘spacetime interval’ and no time-like extension, l argue that according them the status of fundamental entities would support a pure-power ontology. Such entities, circulating within self-sustaining microtopological ‘networks’, feasibly maintain definite spatial configurations of conserved physical quan­tities, including energy-momentum. Perceived as time-like and massy, and representing fermionic entities, they give rise to the manifest world.

This paper rises to the challenge of providing a sustainable account of the manifestly qualitative world without drawing upon fundamental categorical properties or particulars. It does so by conjecturing that the ostensible spa­tial priority of the world might obtain by virtue of powerful microtopological networks giving rise to massy and persistent ‘entities’, such networks com­prised of circulating gauge bosons which travel at the speed of light, possess no spatiotemporal extension, and lack rest mass. l describe how spacetime, locations, fermions, and the categorical-dispositional distinction, may all arise at higher levels. The challenge for this Light-like Network Account (LNA) is to describe how we get from the fundamental to these higher levels.

Dans la perspective de construire le monde manifestement qualitatif des objets et des entités sans recours à une base ni catégorique ni qualitative, nous présentons une description possible de la manière dont des propriétés catégoriques d’ordre supérieur et des objets peuvent émerger d’un substrat de pures puissances. Nous explorons la possibilité de l’existence de champs, dont les fluctuations sont les entités transportant les interactions, et qui se sont différenciés de la topologie microscopique d’un espace de dimensions spatiales compactifiées. Puisque les trajectoires spatio-temporelles des bosons de jauge ne possèdent pas d’extension spatiale ni temporelle, nous soutenons que leur accorder le statut d’entités fondamentales conforte une ontologie de pures puissances. De telles entités, circulant à l’intérieur d’un réseau micro-topologique auto-suffisant, entretiennent des configurations spatiales de grandeurs physiques conservées, notamment l’énergie et l’impulsion. Perçues comme de type temporel et massif, elles représentent les entités fermioniques et donnent naissance au monde manifeste.
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Additional Notes Special Issue: "L'espace et le temps: Approches en philosophie, mathématiques et physique" (Space and time: Approaches in philosophy, mathematics and physics). Abstract only in French.

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