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On the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

Allori, Valia (2012) On the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics. [Preprint]

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    What is quantum mechanics about? The most natural way to interpret quantum mechanics realistically as a theory about the world might seem to be what is called wave function ontology: the view according to which the wave function mathematically
    represents in a complete way fundamentally all there is in the world.
    We argue that:
    • Strictly speaking, it is not possible to interpret quantum theories as theories about the wave function;
    • Even if the wave function is supplemented by additional non-ontological structures, there are reasons not to take the resulting theory seriously;
    • All quantum theories should be regarded as theories in which physical objects are constituted by a primitive ontology. The primitive ontology is mathematically represented in the theory by a mathematical entity in three-dimensional space, or space-time.

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in: S. Le Bihan (ed.), “La philosophie de la physique: d'aujourd'hui a demain.” Editions Vuibert.
    Keywords: quantum mechanics; Bohmian mechanics; Everettian quantum mechanics; GWR theory; primitive ontology; wave function ontology.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    General Issues > Structure of Theories
    Depositing User: Dr Valia Allori
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 23:27
    Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 23:27
    Item ID: 9343

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