Symmetry fundamentalism in quantum mechanics

Philosophical Studies 178 (12):3995-4024 (2021)


Modern particle physics suggests an intriguing vision of physical reality: we are to imagine the symmetries of the world as fundamental, whereas the material constituents of the world are ontologically derivative of them. This paper develops a novel ontology for non-relativistic quantum mechanics which gives precise metaphysical content to this vision.

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David Schroeren
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