The question of what the world in which we live consists of is as old as mankind itself. In philosophical jargon, this is the question of the ontological basis of reality. With the growing success of physics and other sciences, the idea of one fundamental ontology, that of particles and fields, became dominant as a physicalist version of ontology. However, as every hegemonial view creates alternatives, this one does too. This roundtable addresses two of them: (1) the Platonic idea that mathematics is prior to the tangible world of our experience, and (2) the idea of a tiered ontology, where each of its levels can achieve legitimate ontological significance. Both views reject the fundamental ontology of physicalist accounts, but they do so in different ways that will be discussed in this roundtable.
For further reading: Relative Onticity – Harald Atmanspacher and Frederick Kronz