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Beyond Complementarity

Kastner, Ruth (2016) Beyond Complementarity. Quantum Structural Studies.

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It is argued that Niels Bohr ultimately arrived at positivistic and antirealist-flavored statements because of weaknesses in his initial objective of
accounting for measurement in physical terms. Bohr’s investigative approach faced a dilemma, the choices being (i) conceptual inconsistency or (ii) taking the classical realm as primitive. In either case, Bohr’s ‘Complementarity’ does not adequately explain or account for the emergence of a macroscopic, classical domain from a microscopic domain described by quantum mechanics. A diagnosis of the basic problem is offered, and an alternative way forward is indicated.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Kastner, Ruth
Keywords: Complementarity; antirealism; quantum theory; measurement
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Ruth E. Kastner
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2017 12:58
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 12:58
Item ID: 13285
Journal or Publication Title: Quantum Structural Studies
Publisher: World Scientific
DOI or Unique Handle: ISBN: 978-1-78634-140-2
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2016

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