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Realism and objectivism in quantum mechanics

Karakostas, Vassilios (2012) Realism and objectivism in quantum mechanics. [Published Article]

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    The present study attempts to provide a consistent and coherent account of what the world could be like, given the conceptual framework and results of contemporary quantum theory. It is suggested that standard quantum mechanics can, and indeed should, be understood as a realist theory within its domain of application. It is pointed out, however, that a viable realist interpretation of quantum theory requires the abandonment or radical revision of the classical conception of physical reality and its traditional philosophical presuppositions. It is argued, in this direction, that the conceptualization of the nature of reality, as arising out of our most basic physical theory, calls for a kind of contextual realism. Within the domain of quantum mechanics, knowledge of ‘reality in itself’, ‘the real such as it truly is’ independent of the way it is contextualized, is impossible in principle. In this connection, the meaning of objectivity in quantum mechanics is analyzed, whilst the important question concerning the nature of quantum objects is explored.

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    Item Type: Published Article
    Keywords: classical physical ontology, quantum entanglement, nonseparability, contextuality, quantum object, objectivity, realism
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Depositing User: Dr. Vassilios Karakostas
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 07:16
    Last Modified: 07 Mar 2012 07:16
    Item ID: 9042
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal for General Philosophy of Science
    Publisher: Springer
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