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Single Idea 14593

[catalogued under 9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 5. Simples]

Full Idea

Quantum field theory strongly suggests that there are (at the fundamental level) no individual, particular things.

Gist of Idea

Quantum field theory suggests that there are, fundamentally, no individual things


Chris Swoyer (Abstract Entities [2008], 2.1)

Book Reference

'Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics', ed/tr. Sider/Hawthorne/Zimmerman [Blackwell 2008], p.17

A Reaction

When people introduce quantum theory into ontological discussions I reach for my shotgun, but it does rather look as if things turn to mush at the bottom level.