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The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

Edited by Dean Rickles, Steven French and Juha T. Saatsi

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780199269693
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191699436 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269693.001.0001
The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

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Quantum gravity is the name given to a theory that unites general relativity — Einstein's theory of gravitation and spacetime — with quantum field theory, our framework for describing non-gravitational forces. This book brings together philosophers and physicists to discuss a range of conceptual issues that surface in the effort to unite these theories, focusing in particular on the ontological nature of the spacetime that results. Although there has been a great deal written about quantum gravity from the perspective of physicists and mathematicians, very little attention has been paid to the philosophical aspects. This book closes that gap, with chapters written by some of the leading researchers in the field. Individual chapters defend or attack a structuralist perspective on the fundamental ontologies of our physical theories, which offers the possibility of shedding new light on a number of foundational problems.

Keywords: quantum gravity; general relativity; Einstein; spacetime; quantum field theory; philosophy; physical theories

Book.  288 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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Structural Realism and Quantum Gravity in The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

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Structure, Individuality, and Quantum Gravity in The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

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Points, Particles, and Structural Realism in The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

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Holism and Structuralism in Classical and Quantum General Relativity in The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

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Time and Structure in Canonical Gravity in The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

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The Case for Background Independence in The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

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Quantum Quandaries: A Category-Theoretic Perspective in The Structural Foundations of Quantum Gravity

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