Quantization as a guide to ontic structure

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Thebault, Karim P.Y.
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The ontic structural realist stance is motivated by a desire to do philosophical justice to the success of science, whilst withstanding the `metaphysical undermining' generated by the various species of ontological underdetermination. We are, however, as yet in want of general principles to provide a scaffold for the explicit construction of structural ontologies. Here we will attempt to bridge this gap by utilising the formal procedure of quantization as a guide to ontic structure of modern physical theory. The example of non-relativistic particle mechanics will be considered and, for that case, it will be shown that a viable candidate for an OSR framework can be constituted in terms of the combination of a state space, with Poisson bracket structure, and a set of observables, with Lie algebra structure.