Quantum entanglement: a hylomorphic account
In this paper, it is argued that Aristotelian hylomorphism can supply a useful and informative account of composite entities as these are described by physical theory. In particular, a hylomorphic account of quantum entangled systems is defined in detail, and compared to other alternatives currently on offer—in particular, ontic structural realism. In closing, it is suggested that the view of entanglement outlined here meshes well with a recently proposed ‘coherentist’ conception.
KeywordsStructure Hylomorphism Entanglement Composition Object Dependence Structural realism Disposition Coherentism
I wish to thank the editors of this special issue for the opportunity, and the referees for their very useful advice. I am also grateful to Claudio Calosi, Mauro Dorato, Laura Felline and participants/audiences in Geneva, Neuchâtel, Rome and Urbino for useful discussions and feedback on material related to that of the present paper.
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