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Bohr’s Relational Holism and the Classical-Quantum Interaction

Dorato, Mauro (2016) Bohr’s Relational Holism and the Classical-Quantum Interaction. [Preprint]

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In this paper I present and critically discuss the main strategies that Bohr used and could have used to fend off the charge that his interpretation does not provide a clear-cut distinction between the classical and the quantum domain. In particular, in the first part of the paper I reassess the main arguments used by Bohr to advocate the indispensability of a classical framework to refer to quantum phenomena. In this respect, by using a distinction coming from an apparently unrelated philosophical corner, we could say that Bohr is not a revisionist philosopher of physics but rather a descriptivist one in the sense of Strawson. I will then go on discussing the nature of the holistic link between classical measurement apparatuses and observed system that he also advocated. The oft-repeated conclusion that Bohr’s interpretation of the quantum formalism is untenable can only be established by giving his arguments as much force as possible, which is what I will try to do in the following by remaining as faithful as possible to his published work.


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Dorato, Mauromauro.dorato@uniroma3.it0000-0003-1448-9284
Keywords: Bohr, Holism, Classical Domain, Quantum Domain, entanglement, measurement
Subjects: General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2016 14:34
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2016 14:34
Item ID: 12322
Subjects: General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 31 July 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12322

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