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Determinate Values for Quantum Observables

Tumulka, Roderich (2006) Determinate Values for Quantum Observables. [Preprint]


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This is a comment on J. A. Barrett's article ``The Preferred-Basis Problem and the Quantum Mechanics of Everything'' in Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 56 (2005), which concerns theories postulating that certain quantum observables have determinate values, corresponding to additional (often called ``hidden'') variables. I point out that it is far from clear, for most observables, what such a postulate is supposed to mean, unless the postulated additional variable is related to a clear ontology in space-time, such as particle world lines, string world sheets, or fields.

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Item Type: Preprint
Tumulka, Roderich
Keywords: Bohmian mechanics, beables, observables, quantum theory without observers, hidden variables
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Roderich Tumulka
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 2698

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