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Realism about the Wave Function

Chen, Eddy Keming (2018) Realism about the Wave Function. [Preprint]

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A century after the discovery of quantum mechanics, the meaning of quantum mechanics still remains elusive. This is largely due to the puzzling nature of the wave function, the central object in quantum mechanics. If we are realists about quantum mechanics, how should we understand the wave function? What does it represent? What is its physical meaning? Answering these questions would improve our understanding of what it means to be a realist about quantum mechanics. In this survey article, I review and compare several realist interpretations of the wave function. They fall into three categories: ontological interpretations, nomological interpretations, and the sui generis interpretation. For simplicity, I will focus on non-relativistic quantum mechanics.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Chen, Eddy Kemingeddyckm@gmail.com0000-0001-5144-0952
Keywords: quantum mechanics, wave function, quantum state of the universe, scientific realism, measurement problem, configuration space realism, Hilbert space realism, multi-field, spacetime state realism, laws of nature
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Keming Chen
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2018 22:01
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2018 22:01
Item ID: 15153
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 13 October 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15153

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