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Can Classical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?

Catren, Gabriel (2008) Can Classical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete? [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    We propose a definition of physical objects that aims to clarify some interpretational problems in quantum mechanics. We claim that the transformations induced by an objective property of a physical system must leave invariant all the other objective properties of the same system. The uncertainty principle is understood as a natural consequence of the imbrication between objective properties and non-objective properties. It follows from the proposed definition that in classical mechanics non-objective properties are wrongly considered objective. We conclude that, unlike classical mechanics, quantum mechanics provides a complete objective description of physical systems.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: To be published in Constituting Objectivity: Transcendental Approaches of Modern Physics, M. Bitbol, P. Kerszberg, and J. Petitot (eds.), The Western Ontario Series in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 74., Berlin: Springer-Verlag, February 2009.
    Keywords: Quantum mechanics
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Dr. Gabriel Catren
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4295
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4295

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