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Properties and Dispositions: some Metaphysical Remarks on Quantum Ontology

Dorato, Mauro (2006) Properties and Dispositions: some Metaphysical Remarks on Quantum Ontology. [Preprint]


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After some suggestions about how to clarify the confused metaphysical distinctions between dispositional and non-dispositional or categorical properties, I review some of the main interpretations of QM in order to show that – with the relevant exception of Bohm’s minimalist interpretation – quantum ontology is irreducibly dispositional. Such an irreducible character of dispositions must be explained differently in different interpretations, but the reducibility of the contextual properties in the case of Bohmian mechanics is guaranteed by the fact that the positions of particles play the role of the categorical basis, a role that in other interpretations cannot be filled by anything else. In Bohr’s and Everett-type interpretations, dispositionalism is instrumentalism in disguise.

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Item Type: Preprint
Dorato, Mauro
Keywords: Dispositional Property, Categorical Property, GRW, Many-Worlds, Relationism, Bohr, Rovelli, Bohm
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 2932

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