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Quantum Mechanics

Michael Silberstein

Pages 461 - 476

Introduction.* Quantum mechanics is a huge a territory including nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, relativistic quantum field theory, condensed matter theory, and quantum gravity. Each of these domains has multiple unique implications for mereology. Within each of these domains there are several different formalisms, each with its own potential implications for mereology. In addition, different interpretations of quantum mechanics provide different mereological ontologies:

1Department of Philosophy, Elizabethtown College

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25 Silberstein, M., (2002), “Reduction, Emergence, and Explanation”, in Machamer, P.; Silberstein, M. (eds.) The Blackwell guide to the philosophy of science, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 203-226.

26 Silberstein, M.; Stuckey, M.; Cifone, M., (2008), “Why Quantum Mechanics Favors Adynamical and Acausal Interpretations such as Relational Blockworld over Backwardly Causal and Time-Symmetric Rivals” in a focus issue of Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics on Time-Symmetric Approaches to Quantum Mechanics, Huw Price and Guido Bacciagalupi, editors. Volume 39, Issue 4, 732-747.

27 Silberstein, M., (2012), “Emergence and Reduction in Context: Philosophy of Science and/or Analytic Metaphysics”, Metascience, DOI 10.1007/s11016-012-9671-4.

28 Silberstein, M.; Stuckey, M.; Cifone, M., (2013), “Being and Becoming: A Dialogue between Relational Blockworld and the Implicate Order” in Foundations of Physics. Special issue in honor of Basil Hiley. Volume 43 Number 4, 2013. With Mark Stuckey and Timothy McDevitt.

29 Stuckey, M.; Silberstein, M.; McDevitt, T., (2016), “An Adynamical, Graphical Approach to Quantum Gravity and Unification”, in Licata, I, Space, Time and Quantum: Beyond Peaceful Coexistence, London: Imperial College Press, 499-544. The Algebric Way: Space, Time & Quantum. Institute of Physics.

30 Silberstein, M.; Stuckey; McDevitt, (2017), Beyond the Dynamical Universe: Unifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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