A trope-bundle ontology for field theory
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Field theories have been central to physics over the last 150 years, and there are several theories in contemporary physics in which physical fields play key causal and explanatory roles. This paper proposes a novel field trope-bundle (FTB) ontology on which fields are composed of bundles of particularized property instances, called tropes and goes on to describe some virtues of this ontology. It begins with a critical examination of the dominant view about the ontology of fields, that fields are properties of a substantial substratum.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Emanuele Rossanese (2013). Trope Ontology and Algebraic Quantum Field Theory: An Evaluation of Kuhlmann's Proposal. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (4):417-423.
Similar books and articles
Andrew Wayne (1997). Degrees of Freedom and the Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory. Erkenntnis 46 (2):165-173.
Ross Cameron (2006). Tropes, Necessary Connections, and Non-Transferability. Dialectica 60 (2):99–113.
Theodore Sider (2006). Bare Particulars. Philosophical Perspectives 20 (1):387–397.
Jerzy Gołosz (1999). On Field's Argument for Substantivalism. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 13 (1):5 – 16.
Markku Keinänen (2011). Tropes – The Basic Constituents of Powerful Particulars? Dialectica 65 (3):419-450.
Rom Harré (2009). Trope Theory and the Ontology of Chemistry. Foundations of Chemistry 11 (2):93-103.
Peter Simons (2000). Identity Through Time and Trope Bundles. Topoi 19 (2):147-155.
Daniel von Wachter (2000). A World of Fields. In J. Faye, U. Scheffler & M. Urchs (eds.), Things, Facts and Events. Rhodopi. 305-326.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads17 ( #95,289 of 1,098,129 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?