Scientific article

Quantum Gravity and Mereology: Not So Simple

Published inPhilosophical quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, p. 19-40
Publication date2022-01-06
First online date2021-04-01

A number of philosophers have argued in favour of extended simples on the grounds that they are needed by fundamental physics. The arguments typically appeal to theories of quantum gravity. To date, the argument in favour of extended simples has ignored the fact that the very existence of spacetime is put under pressure by quantum gravity. We thus consider the case for extended simples in the context of different views on the existence of spacetime. We show that the case for extended simples based on physics is far more complex than has been previously thought. We present and then map this complexity, in order to present a much more textured picture of the argument for extended simples.

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BARON, Sam, LE BIHAN, Baptiste. Quantum Gravity and Mereology: Not So Simple. In: Philosophical quarterly, 2022, vol. 72, n° 1, p. 19–40. doi: 10.1093/pq/pqab016
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