Graduate studies at Western
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 60 (4):679-695 (2009)
|Abstract||Carlo Rovelli's relational interpretation of quantum mechanics holds that a system's states or the values of its physical quantities as normally conceived only exist relative to a cut between a system and an observer or measuring instrument. Furthermore, on Rovelli's account, the appearance of determinate observations from pure quantum superpositions happens only relative to the interaction of the system and observer. Jeffrey Barrett () has pointed out that certain relational interpretations suffer from what we might call the ‘determinacy problem', but Barrett misclassifies Rovelli's interpretation by lumping it in with Mermin's view, as Rovelli's view is quite different and has resources to escape the particular criticisms that Barrett makes of Mermin's view. Rovelli's interpretation still leaves us with a paradox having to do with the determinacy of measurement outcomes, which can be accepted only if we are willing to give up on certain elements of the ‘absolute’ view of the world|
|Keywords||Relational Quantum Mechanics Carlo Rovelli Relationalism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Similar books and articles
Steven Weinstein (2001). Absolute Quantum Mechanics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (1):67-73.
Michel Bitbol, Physical Relations or Functional Relations ? A Non-Metaphysical Construal of Rovelli's Relational Quantum Mechanics.
Nicholas Maxwell (1975). Does the Minimal Statistical Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Resolve the Measurement Problem? Methodology and Science 8:84-101.
Federico Laudisa, Relational Quantum Mechanics. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Fernando Birman (2009). Quantum Mechanics, Correlations, and Relational Probability. Critica 41 (1):3-22.
Michele Caponigro, "Physical Quantity" and " Physical Reality" in Quantum Mechanics: An Epistemological Path.
Joseph Berkovitz & Meir Hemmo (2005). Modal Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity: A Reconsideration. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 35 (3):373-397.
Michele Caponigro & Ravi Prakash (2009). Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Emptiness. NeuroQuantology Journal, June 2009 7 (2):198-203.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads72 ( #14,368 of 739,406 )
Recent downloads (6 months)35 ( #3,176 of 739,406 )
How can I increase my downloads?