On the possibility of a realist ontological commitment in quantum mechanics

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On the possibility of a realist ontological commitment in quantum mechanics
Périodique
Trópos. Journal of Hermeneutics and Philosophical Criticism
Auteur(s)
Oldofredi Andrea, Esfeld Michael
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2018
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Langue
anglais
Résumé
This paper reviews the structure of standard quantum mechanics, introducing the basics of the von Neumann-Dirac axiomatic formulation as well as the well-known Copenhagen interpretation. We review also the major conceptual difficulties arising from this theory, first and foremost, the well-known measurement problem. The main aim of this essay is to show the possibility to solve the conundrums affecting quantum mechanics via the methodology provided by the primitive ontology approach. Using Bohmian mechanics as an example, the paper argues for a realist attitude towards quantum theory. In the second place, it discusses the Quinean criterion for ontology and its limits when it comes to quantum physics, arguing that the primitive ontology programme should be considered as an improvement on Quine’s method in determining the ontological commitments of a theory.
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Quantum Mechanics, Copenhagen Interpretation, Ontological Commitment, Primitive Ontology, Bohmian Mechanics
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13/10/2018 13:10
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