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How to account for quantum non-locality: ontic structural realism and the primitive ontology of quantum physics

Esfeld, Michael (2014) How to account for quantum non-locality: ontic structural realism and the primitive ontology of quantum physics. [Preprint]

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The paper has two aims: (1) it sets out to show that it is well motivated to seek for an account of quantum non-locality in the framework of ontic structural realism (OSR), which integrates the notions of holism and non-separability that have been employed since the 1980s to achieve such an account. However, recent research shows that OSR on its own cannot provide such an account. Against this background, the paper argues that by applying OSR to the primitive ontology theories of quantum physics, one can accomplish that task. In particular, Bohmian mechanics offers the best prospect for doing so. (2) In general, the paper seeks to bring OSR and the primitive ontology theories of quantum physics together: on the one hand, in order to be applicable to quantum mechanics, OSR has to consider what the quantum ontology of matter distributed in space-time is. On the other hand, as regards the primitive ontology theories, OSR provides the conceptual tools for these theories to answer the question of what the ontological status of the wave-function is.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Esfeld, MichaelMichael-Andreas.Esfeld@unil.ch
Keywords: ontic structural realism, primitive ontology, non-locality, Bell’s theorem, quantum entanglement, holism, non-separability, Bohmian mechanics, GRW matter density theory, GRW flash theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Michael Esfeld
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2014 17:46
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2014 17:46
Item ID: 10988
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: August 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10988

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