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QBism and the Limits of Scientific Realism

Glick, David (2019) QBism and the Limits of Scientific Realism. [Preprint]

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QBism is an agent-centered interpretation of quantum theory. It rejects the notion that quantum theory provides a God’s eye description of reality and claims instead that it imposes constraints on agents’ subjective degrees of belief. QBism’s emphasis on subjective belief has led critics to dismiss it as antirealism or instrumentalism, or even, idealism or solipsism. The aim of this paper is to consider the relation of QBism to scientific realism. I argue that while QBism is an unhappy fit with a standard way of thinking about scientific realism, an alternative conception I call ”perspectival normative realism” may allow for a reconciliation.


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Glick, Daviddavid.glick@sydney.edu.au0000-0001-7811-5658
Keywords: QBism, scientific realism, perspectival normative realism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: David Glick
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2019 11:55
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2019 11:55
Item ID: 16382
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 27 August 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16382

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