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Floating free from physics: the metaphysics of quantum mechanics

Wohnrath Arroyo, Raoni and Becker Arenhart, Jonas Rafael (2020) Floating free from physics: the metaphysics of quantum mechanics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

We discuss some methodological aspects of the relation between physics and metaphysics by dealing specifically with the case of non-relativistic quantum mechanics.
Our main claim is that current attempts to productively integrate quantum mechanics and metaphysics are best seen as approaches of what should be called ‘the metaphysics of science’, which is developed by applying already existing metaphysical concepts to scientific theories. We argue that, in this perspective, metaphysics must be understood as an autonomous discipline. It results that this metaphysics cannot hope to derive any kind of justification from science. Thus, one of the main
motivations of such project, which is the obtaining of a scientifically respectable justification for the attribution of a single true metaphysical profile to the posits of a scientific theory, is doomed because of the emergence of metaphysical underdetermination from the outset. If metaphysics floats free from physics, which is a premise of such project of integration between these two areas, then it is always possible to attribute more than one metaphysical profile to dress physical entities.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Wohnrath Arroyo, Raoniraoniarroyo@gmail.com
Becker Arenhart, Jonas Rafaeljonas.becker2@gmail.com
Keywords: Metaphysics and science; Metametaphysics; Ontology; Interpretations of quantum mechanics.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Jonas Rafael Becker Arenhart
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2020 03:23
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2020 03:23
Item ID: 18477
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 1 December 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18477

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