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Deriving the Manifestly Qualitative World from a Pure-Power Base: Light-like Networks

Ford, Sharon (2011). Deriving the Manifestly Qualitative World from a Pure-Power Base: Light-like Networks. Philosophia Scientiae: Studies in History of Sciences and Philosophy,15(3):155-175.

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Title Deriving the Manifestly Qualitative World from a Pure-Power Base: Light-like Networks
Author Ford, Sharon
Journal Name Philosophia Scientiae: Studies in History of Sciences and Philosophy
Publication Date 2011
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1281-2463   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 155
End Page 175
Total Pages 21
Place of Publication France
Publisher Editions Kime
Language English
Field of Research 220206 - History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science)
220309 - Metaphysics
Abstract Seeking to derive the manifestly qualitative world of objects and entities without recourse to fundamental categoricity or qualitativity, I offer an account of how higher-order categorical properties and objects may emerge from a pure-power base. I explore the possibility of ‘fields’ whose fluctuations are force-carrying entities, differentiated with respect to a micro-topology of curled-up spatial dimensions. Since the spacetime paths of gauge bosons have zero ‘spacetime interval’ and no time-like extension, I argue that according them the status of fundamental entities would support a pure-power ontology. Such entities, circulating within self-sustaining micro-topological ‘networks’, feasibly maintain definite spatial configurations of conserved physical quantities, including energy-momentum. Perceived as time-like and massy, and representing fermionic entities, they give rise to the manifest world.
Keywords Light-like networks
fermions
force carriers
gauge bosons
categorical properties
spacetime interval
curled up dimensions
qualitative properties
conserved physical quantities
Rom Harré
Edward Madden
powers
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4000/philosophiascientiae.690   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Special Issue: "L'espace et le temps: Approches en philosophie, mathématiques et physique" (Space and time: Approaches in philosophy, mathematics and physics). Abstract only in French.
 
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