A proposal for a minimalist ontology

@article{Esfeld2017APF,
  title={A proposal for a minimalist ontology},
  author={Michael Esfeld},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2017},
  pages={1-17}
}
This paper seeks to answer the following question: What is a minimal set of entities that form an ontology of the natural world, given our well-established physical theories? The proposal is that the following two axioms are sufficient to obtain such a minimalist ontology: (1) There are distance relations that individuate simple objects, namely matter points. (2) The matter points are permanent, with the distances between them changing. I sketch out how one can obtain our well-established… CONTINUE READING

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