Holism vs. particularism: A lesson from classical and quantum physics [Book Review]

The present essay aims at broadening the recent discussion on the issue of holism vs. particularism in quantum physics. I begin with a clarification of the relation between the holism/particularism debate and the discussion of supervenience relation. I then defend particularism in physics (including quantum physics) by considering a new classification of properties of physical systems. With such a classification, the results in the Bell theorem are shown to violate spatial separability but not physical particularism
Keywords Holism  particularism  Bell's theorem  supervenience  philosophy of quantum physics
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DOI 10.1007/BF02262617
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