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The Quantum Model: Spatial Magnitude

Michael J. White

in The Continuous and the Discrete

Published in print April 1992 | ISBN: 9780198239529
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679940 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239529.003.0005
The Quantum Model: Spatial Magnitude

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This chapter discusses the quantum model of spatial magnitude. There are two forms of the doctrine that spatial magnitude is constituted of quanta. According to the weaker form, it is a physical fact that corporeal objects are composed of indivisible quanta. The stronger version of quantum theory holds that spatial quanta are units that are indivisible form a geometrical/topological perspective, and not just from a ‘merely physical one’. The first section examines several atomist arguments for the constitution of physical magnitudes from quanta or partes minimae. The second section looks at the relationship of geometry to the quantum model.

Keywords: quanta; geometry; quantum model; spatial magnitude; quantum theory

Chapter.  25481 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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