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Wavefunction Realism Does Not 'Privilege Position'

Schroeren, David (2021) Wavefunction Realism Does Not 'Privilege Position'. [Preprint]

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It is common ground among proponents and detractors of wavefunction realism that the view 'privileges position', in the sense that it arbitrarily singles out one among a continuum infinity of wavefunction representations as characterizing the fundamental field: the position representation. This paper shows that, properly understood, wavefunction realism does not involve such an arbitrary choice. First, I argue that, though each wavefunction representation gives rise to a different version of wavefunction realism, the difference between these theories amounts to a mere haecceitistic difference. Second, I argue that wavefunction realists should reconceive of their view as a role-based thesis that is silent about the relevant haecceitistic differences.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Schroeren, Daviddavid.schroeren@unige.ch0000-0002-2608-4682
Additional Information: forthcoming in Synthese
Keywords: Wavefunction Realism, Quantum Mechanics, Ontology, Haecceitism, Qualitativism, Sophisticated Substantivalism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. David Schroeren
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2022 04:44
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2022 04:44
Item ID: 20067
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: November 2021
ISSN: 1573-0964
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20067

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