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Structuralist Approaches to Bohmian Mechanics

Lorenzetti, Lorenzo (2021) Structuralist Approaches to Bohmian Mechanics. [Preprint]

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Lam and Esfeld have argued that, within Bohmian mechanics, the wave function can be interpreted as a physical structure instantiated by the fundamental particles posited by the theory. Further, to characterize the nature of this structure, they appeal to the framework of Ontic Structural Realism (OSR), thereby proposing a structuralist interpretation of Bohmian mechanics. However, I shall point out that OSR denotes a family of distinct views, each of which maintains a different account about the relation between structures and objects, and entails a different kind of ontology. Thus, in this paper I will show how to articulate the structuralist approach to Bohmian Mechanics accordingly to the different standard versions of OSR, and I will evaluate these alternatives. Moreover, I will propose a novel and sui generis kind of structuralist interpretation of Bohmian Mechanics, based on the framework of metaphysical coherentism.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Synthese.
Keywords: Wave function; Bohmian mechanics; Ontic Structural Realism; Metaphysical coherentism; Primitive ontology; Ontological dependence
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Lorenzo Lorenzetti
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2021 04:37
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 04:37
Item ID: 19784
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2 November 2021

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