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Relational Holism and Quantum Mechanics

Paul Teller
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Vol. 37, No. 1 (Mar., 1986), pp. 71-81
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/686998
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Relational Holism and Quantum Mechanics
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Abstract

One can give a strong sense to the idea that a relation does not 'reduce' to non-relational properties by saying that a relation does not supervene upon the non-relational properties of its relata. That there are such inherent relations I call the doctrine of relational holism, a doctrine which seems to conflict with traditional ideas about physicalism. At least parts of classical physics seem to be free of relational holism, but quantum mechanics, on at least some interpretations, incorporates the doctrine in an all pervasive way.

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