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dc.contributor.authorSimpson, William
dc.identifier.citationSimpson , W 2021 , ' Cosmic hylomorphism : a powerist ontology of quantum mechanics ' , European Journal for Philosophy of Science , vol. 11 , 28 .
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dc.descriptionFunding: Templeton, God and the Book of Nature, Grant Id: 61507.en
dc.description.abstractThe primitive ontology approach to quantum mechanics seeks to account for quantum phenomena in terms of a distribution of matter in three-dimensional space (or four-dimensional spacetime) and a law of nature that describes its temporal development. This approach to explaining quantum phenomena is compatible with either a Humean or powerist account of laws. In this paper, I offer a powerist ontology in which the law is specified by Bohmian mechanics for a global configuration of particles. Unlike in other powerist ontologies, however, this law is not grounded in a structural power that is instantiated by the global configuration. Instead, I combine the primitive ontology approach with Aristotle’s doctrine of hylomorphism to create a new metaphysical model, in which the cosmos is a hylomorphic substance with an intrinsic power to choreograph the trajectories of the particles.
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dc.subjectPrimitive ontologyen
dc.subjectQuantum mechanicsen
dc.subjectB Philosophy (General)en
dc.titleCosmic hylomorphism : a powerist ontology of quantum mechanicsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Divinityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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