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    Federico Laudisa, Relational Quantum Mechanics. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Relational quantum mechanics is an interpretation of quantum theory which discards the notions of absolute state of a system, absolute value of its physical quantities, or absolute event. The theory describes only the way systems affect each other in the course of physical interactions. State and physical quantities refer always to the interaction, or the relation, between two systems. Nevertheless, the theory is assumed to be complete. The physical content of quantum theory is understood as expressing the net of relations (...)
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    Mauro Dorato & Federico Laudisa (forthcoming). Realism and Instrumentalism About the Wave Function. How Should We Choose? In Shao Gan (ed.), Protective Measurements and Quantum Reality: Toward a New Understanding of Quantum Mechanics. CUP
    The main claim of the paper is that one can be ‘realist’ (in some sense) about quantum mechanics without requiring any form of realism about the wave function. We begin by discussing various forms of realism about the wave function, namely Albert’s configuration-space realism, Dürr Zanghi and Goldstein’s nomological realism about Ψ, Esfeld’s dispositional reading of Ψ Pusey Barrett and Rudolph’s realism about the quantum state. By discussing the articulation of these four positions, and their interrelation, we conclude that instrumentalism (...)
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    Edoardo Datteri & Federico Laudisa, Large-Scale Simulations of Brain Mechanisms: Beyond the Synthetic Method.
    In recent years, a number of research projects have been proposed whose goal is to build large-scale simulations of brain mechanisms at unprecedented levels of biological accuracy. Here it is argued that the roles these simulations are expected to play in neuroscientific research go beyond the “synthetic method” extensively adopted in Artificial Intelligence and biorobotics. In addition we show that, over and above the common goal of simulating brain mechanisms, these projects pursue various modelling ambitions that can be sharply distinguished (...)
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    Federico Laudisa (2008). Non-Local Realistic Theories and the Scope of the Bell Theorem. Foundations of Physics 38 (12):1110-1132.
    According to a widespread view, the Bell theorem establishes the untenability of so-called ‘local realism’. On the basis of this view, recent proposals by Leggett, Zeilinger and others have been developed according to which it can be proved that even some non-local realistic theories have to be ruled out. As a consequence, within this view the Bell theorem allows one to establish that no reasonable form of realism, be it local or non-local, can be made compatible with the (experimentally tested) (...)
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    Edoardo Datteri & Federico Laudisa (2012). Model Testing, Prediction and Experimental Protocols in Neuroscience: A Case Study. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 43 (3):602-610.
    In their theoretical and experimental reflections on the capacities and behaviours of living systems, neuroscientists often formulate generalizations about the behaviour of neural circuits. These generalizations are highly idealized, as they omit reference to the myriads of conditions that could perturb the behaviour of the modelled system in real-world settings. This article analyses an experimental investigation of the behaviour of place cells in the rat hippocampus, in which highly idealized generalizations were tested by comparing predictions flowing from them with real-world (...)
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    Federico Laudisa (2014). On Leggett Theories: A Reply. Foundations of Physics 44 (3):296-304.
    In his 2013 Foundations of Physics paper Mathias Egg claims to show that my critical arguments toward the foundational significance of Leggett’s non-local theories are misguided. The main motivation is that my argument would connect too strongly the Leggett original motivation for introducing this new class of theories with the foundational significance of these theories per se. Egg basically aims to show that, although it can be conceded that the Leggett original motivation relies on a mistaken view of the original (...)
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    Federico Laudisa, Laws Are Not Descriptions.
    The view that takes laws of nature to be essentially nothing more than descriptions of facts is still rather popular. The present paper, on the contrary, defends the claim that the only real motivation for defending a descriptive view of laws – the quest for ontological parsimony – entails too high a price to pay in philosophical terms. It is argued that nomic primitivism, namely the alternative option that takes laws to be primitive fundamental entities in our ontology, is decisively (...)
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    Federico Laudisa (2012). The Uninvited Guest:'Local Realism'and the Bell Theorem. In Henk W. de Regt (ed.), Epsa Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009. Springer 137--149.
    According to a wrong interpretation of the Bell theorem, it has been repeatedly claimed in recent times that we are forced by experiments to drop any possible form of realism in the foundations of quantum mechanics. In this paper I defend the simple thesis according to which the above claim cannot be consistently supported: the Bell theorem does not concern realism, and realism per se cannot be refuted in itself by any quantum experiment. As a consequence, realism in quantum mechanics (...)
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  9. Edoardo Datteri & Federico Laudisa (2012). Model Testing, Prediction and Experimental Protocols in Neuroscience: A Case Study. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (3):602-610.
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    Gianpiero Cattaneo & Federico Laudisa (1994). Axiomatic Unsharp Quantum Theory (From Mackey to Ludwig and Piron). Foundations of Physics 24 (5):631-683.
    On the basis of Mackey's axiomatic approach to quantum physics or, equivalently, of a “state-event-probability” (SEVP) structure, using a quite standard “fuzzification” procedure, a set of unsharp events (or “effects”) is constructed and the corresponding “state-effect-probability” (SEFP) structure is introduced. The introduction of some suitable axioms gives rise to a partially ordered structure of quantum Brouwer-Zadeh (BZ) poset; i.e., a poset endowed with two nonusual orthocomplementation mappings, a fuzzy-like orthocomplementation, and an intuitionistic-like orthocomplementation, whose set of sharp elements is an (...)
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    Federico Laudisa (2014). Against the 'No-Go' Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 4 (1):1-17.
    In the area of the foundations of quantum mechanics a true industry appears to have developed in the last decades, with the aim of proving as many results as possible concerning what there cannot be in the quantum realm. In principle, the significance of proving ‘no-go’ results should consist in clarifying the fundamental structure of the theory, by pointing out a class of basic constraints that the theory itself is supposed to satisfy. In the present paper I will discuss some (...)
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    Federico Laudisa (2012). The Physics and Metaphysics of Quantum Field Theory. Metascience 21 (3):621-623.
    The physics and metaphysics of quantum field theory Content Type Journal Article Category Book Review Pages 1-3 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9609-2 Authors Federico Laudisa, Department of Human Sciences “R. Massa”, University of Milan-Bicocca, Piazza Ateneo Nuovo 1, 20126 Milan, Italy Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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    Federico Laudisa (2002). La causalità nella fisica del XX secolo: una prospettiva filosofica. Quaestio 2 (1):609-634.
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    Valia Allori, Mauro Dorato, Federico Laudisa & Nino Zanghi (eds.) (2005). La Natura Delle Cose: Introduzione Ai Fondamenti E Alla Filosofia Della Fisica. Carocci.
    The year 2005 has been named the World Year of Physics in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's "Miracle Year," in which he published four landmark papers which had deep and great influence on the last and the current century: quantum theory, general relativity, and statistical mechanics. Despite the enormous importance that Einstein’s discoveries played in these theories, most physicists adopt a version of quantum theory which is incompatible with the idea that motivated Einstein in the first place. (...)
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    Federico Laudisa (1997). Contextualism and Nonlocality in the Algebra of EPR Observables. Philosophy of Science 64 (3):478-496.
    The Bell 1964 theorem states that nonlocality is a necessary feature of hidden variable theories that reproduce the statistical predictions of quantum mechanics. In view of the no-go theorems for non-contextual hidden variable theories already existing up to 1964, and due to Gleason and Bell, one is forced to acknowledge the contextual character of the hidden variable theory which the Bell 1964 theorem refers to. Both the mathematical and the physical justifications of this contextualism are reconsidered. Consequently, the role of (...)
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    Federico Laudisa (1996). Non-Locality: A Defence of Widespread Beliefs. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 27 (3):297-313.
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    Federico Laudisa (2013). Il naturalismo contemporaneo e le sue radici humiane. Rivista di Filosofia 104 (2):209-234.
    The paper focuses on the Humean origins of contemporary philosophical naturalism and attempts to address fundamental issues like the following: to what extent is the naturalistic interpretation of Humean philosophy influenced by contemporary interpretations of naturalism itself? Can we really make Humean naturalism consistent with contemporary naturalism? Is the former really relevant to the latter, and in what sense? The above analysis is not meant simply to be an exercise in Humean scholarship, but also a contribution to the understanding of (...)
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    Federico Laudisa, The Uninvited Guest: 'Local Realism' and the Bell Theorem.
    According to a wrong interpretation of the Bell theorem, it has been repeatedly claimed in recent times that we are forced by experiments to drop any possible form of realism in the foundations of quantum mechanics. In this paper I defend the simple thesis according to which the above claim cannot be consistently supported: the Bell theorem does not concern realism, and realism per se cannot be refuted in itself by any quantum experiment. As a consequence, realism in quantum mechanics (...)
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    Federico Laudisa (1995). Einstein, Bell, and Nonseparable Realism. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (3):309-329.
    In the context of stochastic hidden variable theories, Howard has argued that the role of separability—spatially separated systems possess distinct real states—has been underestimated. Howard claims that separability is equivalent to Jarrett‘s completeness: this equivalence should imply that the Bell theorem forces us to give up either separability or locality. Howard's claim, however, is shown to be ill founded since it is based on an implausible assumption. The necessity of sharply distinguishing separability and locality is emphasized: a quantitative formulation of (...)
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    Roberto Giuntini & Federico Laudisa (2001). The Impossible Causality: The No Hidden Variables Theorem of John von Neumann. Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 8:173-188.
    The debate over the question whether quantum mechanics should be considered as a complete account of microphenomena has a long and deeply involved history, a turning point in which has been certainly the Einstein-Bohr debate, with the ensuing charge of incompleteness raised by the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen argument. In quantum mechanics, physical systems can be prepared in pure states that nevertheless have in general positive dispersion for most physical quantities; hence in the EPR argument, the attention is focused on the question whether (...)
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    Federico Laudisa (2000). On Time Asymmetry and History in an Everett Quantum World. Foundations of Physics 30 (9):1525-1538.
    It is usually held that the standard collapse model of a quantum measurement process grounds a kind of fundamental time asymmetry. The question whether and how it should be possible to reconstruct uniquely one's own history in an Everett no-collapse interpretation of quantum theory is investigated. A particular approach to the Everett interpretation, due to John S. Bell, is considered, according to which one of the chief claims of the Everett quantum theory is precisely that it allows us to do (...)
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    Federico Laudisa, Is Really Science What Naturalism Says It Is?
    In spite of the relevance of a scientific representation of the world for naturalism, it is surprising that philosophy of science is less involved in the debate on naturalism than expected. Had the viewpoint of philosophy of science been duly considered, naturalism could not have overlooked the established lesson, according to which there is no well-defined recipe for what science must or must not be. The present paper addresses some implications of this lesson for naturalism. First I will question the (...)
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    Federico Laudisa (1999). A Note on Nonlocality, Causation, and Lorentz Invariance. Philosophy of Science 66 (3):81.
    The status of a causal approach to EPR-Bell nonlocal correlations in terms of a counterfactual framework for causation is considered. It is argued that when the relativistic spacetime structure of the events is taken into due account, the adoption of this approach is best motivated by the assumption of a preferred frame of reference, an assumption that seems even more in need of justification than the causal theory itself.
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    Federico Laudisa (2002). Non-Locality and Theories of Causation. In T. Placek & J. Butterfield (eds.), Non-Locality and Modality. Kluwer 223--234.
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    Federico Laudisa, Françoise Longy & Max Kistler (2006). Le principe de causalité entre empirisme logique et néokantisme. Philosophie 89 (1):78.
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    Federico Laudisa (1996). Still in Defence: A Short Reply on Non-Locality and Widespread Beliefs. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 27 (3):331-335.
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  27. Maria Luisa Dalla Chiara, Roberto Giuntini & Federico Laudisa (1999). Language, Quantum, Music Selected Contributed Papers of the Tenth International Congress of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, Florence, August 1995.
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  28. Marcello D'Agostino, Federico Laudisa, Giulio Giorello, Telmo Pievani & Corrado Sinigaglia (eds.) (2010). New Essays in Logic and Philosophy of Science. College Publications.
  29. Federico Laudisa (2002). E-Mail: Federico. Laudisa@ Unimib. It. In T. Placek & J. Butterfield (eds.), Non-Locality and Modality. Kluwer 223.
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  30. Federico Laudisa (2009). Hume. Carocci.
  31. Federico Laudisa (1998). Il" cemento dell'universo": sul concetto di causa in microfisica. Rivista di Filosofia 89 (1):27-52.
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  32. Federico Laudisa (2010). La Causalità. Carocci.
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  33. Federico Laudisa (1998). Le Correlazioni Pericolose Tra Storia E Filosofia Della Fisica Contemporanea.
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  34. Federico Laudisa (2006). “l’eterno Mistero Del Mondo È La Sua Comprensibilità": Filosofia e conoscenza scientifica nel pensiero di Einstein. Nuova Civiltà Delle Macchine 24 (3).
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  35. Federico Laudisa (2011). La Natura E I Suoi Modelli: Un'introduzione Alla Filosofia Della Scienza. Archetipolibri.
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  36. Federico Laudisa (1996). Non-Locality: A Defence of Widespread Beliefs. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 27 (3):297-313.
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  37. Federico Laudisa (1996). Still in Defence: A Short Reply on Non-Locality and Widespread Beliefs. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 27 (3):331-335.
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