Reply To: Holism and time symmetry


Thanks Mark. I agree that there’s something that smells like holism in retrocausal approaches. But it’s a dynamical something — as you say, it has to do with causal links, and whether they’re directed or undirected. There’s a different kind of holism that’s (arguably) absent in the retrocausal framework, namely property holism. There’s no need for properties of (spatial or temporal) wholes that are irreducible to the properties of the (spatial or temporal) points. Maybe what we need is a taxonomy of kinds of holism. (Maybe you know of one…)

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