On the Conceptual Issues Surrounding the Notion of Relational Bohmian Dynamics
Antonio Vassallo , Pui Him Ip
AbstractThe paper presents a program to construct a non-relativistic relational Bohmian theory, that is, a theory of N moving point-like particles that dispenses with space and time as fundamental background structures. The relational program proposed is based on the best-matching framework originally developed by Julian Barbour. In particular, the paper focuses on the conceptual problems that arise when trying to implement such a program. It is argued that pursuing a relational strategy in the Bohmian context leads to a more parsimonious ontology than that of standard Bohmian mechanics without betraying the original motivations for adopting a primitive ontology approach to quantum physics. It is also shown how a relational Bohmian approach might clarify the issue of the timelessness of the dynamics resulting from the quantization of a classical relational system of particles.
|Journal series||Foundations of Physics, ISSN 0015-9018, e-ISSN 1572-9516|
|Publication size in sheets||1.45|
|Keywords in English||Bohmian mechanics · Primitive ontology · Relationalism · Background independence · Best-matching · Shape space · Time capsule|
|Not used for evaluation||yes|
|Publication indicators||: 2016 = 0.923; : 2016 = 1.067 (2) - 2016=1.0 (5)|
|Citation count*||9 (2020-08-20)|
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