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Determinate Values for Quantum Observables

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

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      Abstract

      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
      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 11:14
      Item ID: 2698
      URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2698

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