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Reductive Explanation and the Construction of Quantum Theories

Feintzeig, Benjamin (2019) Reductive Explanation and the Construction of Quantum Theories. British Journal for Philosophy of Science.

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Abstract

I argue that philosophical issues concerning reductive explanations help constrain the construction of quantum theories with appropriate state spaces. I illustrate this general proposal with two examples of restricting attention to physical states in quantum theories: regular states and symmetry-invariant states.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Feintzeig, Benjaminbfeintze@uw.edu
Keywords: theory construction, reduction, quantization classical limit
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Benjamin Feintzeig
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2019 22:33
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2019 22:33
Item ID: 16659
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal for Philosophy of Science
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 19 November 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16659

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