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Is de Broglie-Bohm Theory Specially Equipped to Recover Classical Behavior?

Rosaler, Joshua (2014) Is de Broglie-Bohm Theory Specially Equipped to Recover Classical Behavior? [Preprint]

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Supporters of the de Broglie-Bohm (dBB) interpretation of quantum theory argue that because the theory, like classical mechanics, concerns the motions of point particles in 3D space, it is specially suited to recover classical behavior. I offer a novel account of classicality in dBB theory, if only to show that such an account falls out almost trivially from results developed in the context of decoherence theory. I then argue that this undermines any special claim that dBB theory is purported to have on the unification of the quantum and classical realms.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Rosaler, Joshuarosaler@post.harvard.edu
Keywords: Quantum Theory, Measurement Problem, Decoherence, Quantum-Classical Correspondence, Classical Limit, de Broglie-Bohm Theory, Bohmian mechanics, pilot wave theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Dr. Joshua Rosaler
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2014 11:53
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2014 22:46
Item ID: 10782
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 1 March 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10782

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