The reality of relations

Laura Candiotto

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Discussing the contemporary debate about the metaphysics of relations and structural realism, I analyse the philosophical significance of relational quantum mechanics (RQM). Relativising properties of objects (or systems) to other objects (or systems), RQM affirms that reality is inherently relational. My claim is that RQM can be seen as an instantiation of the ontology of ontic structural realism, for which relations are prior to objects, since it provides good reasons for the argument from the primacy of relation. In order to provide some evidence, RQM is interpreted focusing on its metametaphysics, in particular in relation to the very concept of relation, and to the meaning such concept assumes in the dispute between realism and antirealism
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-551
JournalGiornale di Metafisica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • metaphysics of relations
  • relational quantum mechanics


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