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Lessons from realistic physics for the metaphysics of quantum theory

Wallace, David (2018) Lessons from realistic physics for the metaphysics of quantum theory. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Quantum mechanics, and classical mechanics, are framework theories that incorporate many different concrete theories which in general cannot be arranged in a neat hierarchy, but discussion of `the ontology of quantum mechanics' tends to proceed as if quantum mechanics were a single concrete theory, specifically the physics of nonrelativistically moving point particles interacting by long-range forces. I survey the problems this causes and make some suggestions for how a more physically realistic perspective ought to influence the metaphysics of quantum mechanics.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Wallace, Daviddmwallac@usc.edu
Additional Information: Synthese, forthcoming.
Keywords: quantum mechanics quantum field theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: David Wallace
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2018 15:01
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2018 15:01
Item ID: 15293
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15293

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