PhilSci Archive

Do Dispositions and Propensities have a role in the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics? Some Critical Remarks

Dorato, Mauro (2011) Do Dispositions and Propensities have a role in the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics? Some Critical Remarks. [Preprint]

[img]
Preview
PDF - Published Version
Download (184Kb) | Preview

    Abstract

    In order to tackle the question posed by the title – notoriously answered in the positive, among others, by Heisenberg, Margenau, Popper and Redhead – I first discuss some attempts at distinguishing dispositional from non-dispositional properties, and then relate the distinction to the formalism of quantum mechanics. Since any answer to the question titling the paper must be interpretation-dependent, I review some of the main interpretations of quantum mechanics in order to argue that the ontology of theories regarding “wave collapse” as a genuine physical process could be interpreted as being irreducibly dispositional. In non-collapse interpretations, on the contrary, the appeal to dispositions is simply a way to reformulate the predictive content of the algorithm of the theory in a fancier metaphysical language.


    Export/Citation:EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
    Social Networking:

    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: dispositional properties, categorical properties, quantum mechanics, wave collapse, propensity
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
    Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2011 21:25
    Last Modified: 12 Feb 2011 21:25
    Item ID: 8482
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8482

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads