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Quantum Mechanics and Paradigm Shifts

Allori, Valia (2015) Quantum Mechanics and Paradigm Shifts. Topoi.

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Abstract

It has been argued that the transition from classical to quantum mechanics is an example of a Kuhnian scientific revolution, in which there is a shift from the simple, intuitive, straightforward classical paradigm, to the quantum, convoluted, counterintuitive, amazing new quantum paradigm. In this paper, after having clarified what these quantum paradigms are supposed to be, I analyze whether they constitute a radical departure from the classical paradigm. Contrary to what is commonly maintained, I argue that, in addition to radical quantum paradigms, there are also legitimate ways of understanding the quantum world that do not require any substantial change to the classical
paradigm.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Allori, Valiavallori@niu.edu
Keywords: quantum mechanics; classical mechanics; Kuhnian scientific revolutions,paradigm shifts.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Dr Valia Allori
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 14:58
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2015 14:58
Item ID: 11367
Journal or Publication Title: Topoi
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11245-01...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11245.014.9295-y
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 2015
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11367

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