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Quantum decoherence in a pragmatist view: Resolving the measurement problem

Healey, Richard (2012) Quantum decoherence in a pragmatist view: Resolving the measurement problem. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This paper aims to show how adoption of a pragmatist interpretation permits a satisfactory resolution of the quantum measurement problem. The classic measurement problem dissolves once one recognizes that it is not the function of the quantum state to describe or represent the behavior of a quantum system. The residual problem of when, and to what, to apply the Born Rule may then be resolved by judicious appeal to decoherence. This can give sense to talk of measurements of photons and other particles even though quantum field theory does not describe particles.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Measurement problem, quantum theory, pragmatist interpretation, quantum fields
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Richard Andrew Healey
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2012 21:42
    Last Modified: 31 Jul 2012 21:42
    Item ID: 9267
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9267

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