The Physics and Metaphysics of Primitive Stuff

Esfeld, Michael, Lazarovici, Dustin, Lam, Vincent and Hubert, Mario (2015) The Physics and Metaphysics of Primitive Stuff. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, . doi:10.1093/bjps/axv026


Author Esfeld, Michael
Lazarovici, Dustin
Lam, Vincent
Hubert, Mario
Title The Physics and Metaphysics of Primitive Stuff
Journal name British Journal for the Philosophy of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-0882
1464-3537
Publication date 2015-07-07
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/bjps/axv026
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Total pages 29
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The article sets out a primitive ontology of the natural world in terms of primitive stuff—that is, stuff that has as such no physical properties at all—but that is not a bare substratum either, being individuated by metrical relations. We focus on quantum physics and employ identity-based Bohmian mechanics to illustrate this view, but point out that it applies all over physics. Properties then enter into the picture exclusively through the role that they play for the dynamics of the primitive stuff. We show that such properties can be local (classical mechanics), as well as holistic (quantum mechanics), and discuss two metaphysical options to conceive them, namely, Humeanism and modal realism in the guise of dispositionalism.

1 Introduction
2 Primitive Ontology: Primitive Stuff
3 The Physics of Matter as Primitive Stuff
4 The Humean Best System Analysis of the Dynamical Variables
5 Modal Realism about the Dynamical Variables
6 Conclusion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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