On the Conceptual Issues Surrounding the Notion of Relational Bohmian Dynamics

Antonio Vassallo , Pui Him Ip


The 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.
Author Antonio Vassallo (FASS / DPEA | FASS)
Antonio Vassallo,,
- Department of Philosophy and Ethics in Administration
, Pui Him Ip
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Journal seriesFoundations of Physics, ISSN 0015-9018, e-ISSN 1572-9516
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets1.45
Keywords in EnglishBohmian mechanics · Primitive ontology · Relationalism · Background independence · Best-matching · Shape space · Time capsule
ASJC Classification3100 General Physics and Astronomy
URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10701-016-9992-z
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)0
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.923; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 1.067 (2) - 2016=1.0 (5)
Citation count*9 (2020-08-20)
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