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  1. added 2020-03-02
    Perspectival Objectivity Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Observer-Dependent Reality.Peter W. Evans - forthcoming - European Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
    Building on self-professed perspectival approaches to both scientific knowledge and causation, I explore the potentially radical suggestion that perspectivalism can be extended to account for a type of objectivity in science. Motivated by recent claims from quantum foundations that quantum mechanics must admit the possibility of observer-dependent facts, I develop the notion of 'perspectival objectivity', and suggest that an easier pill to swallow, philosophically speaking, than observer-dependency is perspective-dependency, allowing for a notion of observer-independence indexed to an agent perspective. Working (...)
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    Studies in the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics.Allen Stairs - 1982 - Philosophy of Science 49 (3):481-484.
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    T. S. Kuhn Black Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912. [REVIEW]John Nicholas - 1978 - Philosophy of Science 49 (2):295-297.
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    The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: The Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics in Historical Perspective.Lawrence Sklar - 1977 - Philosophy of Science 44 (2):332-332.
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    To Be a Realist About Quantum Theory.Hans Halvorson - 2019 - In Olimpia Lombardi (ed.), Quantum Worlds: Perspectives on the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics.
    I look at the distinction between between realist and antirealist views of the quantum state. I argue that this binary classification should be reconceived as a continuum of different views about which properties of the quantum state are representationally significant. What's more, the extreme cases -- all or none --- are simply absurd, and should be rejected by all parties. In other words, no sane person should advocate extreme realism or antirealism about the quantum state. And if we focus on (...)
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    Kristian Camilleri, Heisenberg and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: The Physicist as Philosopher. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Pp. Xii+199. ISBN 978-0-521-88484-6. £45.00 .Cathryn Carson, Heisenberg in the Atomic Age: Science and the Public Sphere. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. Xxiv+541. ISBN 978-0-521-82170-4. £55.00. [REVIEW]Matthew Stanley - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Science 44 (2):308-309.
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    Suman Seth, Crafting the Quantum: Arnold Sommerfeld and the Practice of Theory, 1890–1926. Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press, 2010. Pp. Vii+378. ISBN 978-0-262-01373-4. £23.95. [REVIEW]Olivier Darrigol - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Science 44 (1):143-144.
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    Quantum Dissidents: Research on the Foundations of Quantum Theory Circa 1970.Olival Freire - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 40 (4):280-289.
    This paper makes a collective biographical profile of a sample of physicists who were protagonists in the research on the foundations of quantum physics circa 1970. We study the cases of Zeh, Bell, Clauser, Shimony, Wigner, Rosenfeld, d’Espagnat, Selleri, and DeWitt, analyzing their training and early career, achievements, qualms with quantum mechanics, motivations for such research, professional obstacles, attitude towards the Copenhagen interpretation, and success and failures. Except for Rosenfeld, they were all dissidents, fighting against the dominant attitude among physicists (...)
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    Crafting the Quantum: Arnold Sommerfeld and the Older Quantum Theory.Suman Seth - 2008 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 39 (3):335-348.
    Arnold Sommerfeld was among the most important students of the so-called ‘older’ quantum theory. His many contributions included papers in 1915 and 1916 extending Niels Bohr’s ‘planetary’ model of the atom beyond circular orbits and his incorporation of relativistic corrections in order to explain hydrogenic fine structure. Originally a realist in his use of Bohr’s model, Sommerfeld became increasingly disillusioned with model-building in general in the late nineteen-teens and early nineteen-twenties. This paper explores Sommerfeld’s use of the term Zahlenmysterium as (...)
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    Schrödinger’s Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics. [REVIEW]Henry J. Folse - 2003 - International Studies in Philosophy 35 (4):165-167.
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    Review of Quantum Mechanics: Historical Contingency and the Copenhagen Hegemony by James T. Cushing. [REVIEW]Andrew Wayne - 1996 - Philosophy of Science 63 (3):478-480.
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    Review of From C-Numbers to Q-Numbers: The Classical History of Quantum Theory by Olivier Darrigol. [REVIEW]Edward MacKinnon - 1995 - Philosophy of Science 62 (2):348-350.
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    Abraham Pais. Niels Bohr's Times, in Physics, Philosophy and Polity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Pp. Xvii + 565. [REVIEW]John Hendry - 1992 - British Journal for the History of Science 25 (4):490-491.
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    More Roots Of Complementarity: Kantian Aspects and Influences.David Kaiser - 1991 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 23 (2):213-239.
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    Finn Aaserud. Redirecting Science: Niels Bohr, Philanthropy and the Rise of Nuclear Physics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Pp. Xiii + 356. ISBN 0-521-35366-1. £35.00, $47.50. [REVIEW]John Krige - 1991 - British Journal for the History of Science 24 (4):475-476.
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    Niels Bohr’s Philosophy of Physics. [REVIEW]Henry J. Folse Jr - 1990 - International Studies in Philosophy 22 (3):133-134.
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    Interpreting Bohr¿s philosophy realistically: A critical study of Folse¿s Bohr interpretation.Halley D. Sánchez - 1988 - Diálogos. Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Puerto Rico 23 (51):153.
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    Einstein on Locality and Separability.Don Howard - 1985 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 16 (3):171.
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    The Transcendental Philosophy of Niels Bohr.John Honner - 1982 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 13 (1):1.
  20. added 2019-06-05
    Could Inelastic Interactions Induce Quantum Probabilistic Transitions?Nicholas Maxwell - 2017 - In Shan Gao (ed.), Collapse of the Wave Function. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 257-273.
    What are quantum entities? Is the quantum domain deterministic or probabilistic? Orthodox quantum theory (OQT) fails to answer these two fundamental questions. As a result of failing to answer the first question, OQT is very seriously defective: it is imprecise, ambiguous, ad hoc, non-explanatory, inapplicable to the early universe, inapplicable to the cosmos as a whole, and such that it is inherently incapable of being unified with general relativity. It is argued that probabilism provides a very natural solution to the (...)
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    Cassirer and Bohr on Intuitive and Symbolic Knowledge in Quantum Physics.Hernán Pringe - 2014 - Theoria : An International Journal for Theory, History and Fundations of Science 29 (3):417-429.
    This paper compares Cassirer´s and Bohr´s views on symbolic knowledge in quantum physics. Although both of them consider quantum physics as symbolic knowledge, for Cassirer this amounts to a complete renunciation to intuition in quantum physics, while according to Bohr only spatio-temporal images may provide the mathematical formalism of the theory with physical reference. We show the Kantian roots of Bohr´s position and we claim that his Kantian concept of symbol enables Bohr to account for the sensible content of quantum (...)
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    Guido Bacciagaluppi and Antony Valentini, Quantum Theory at the Crossroads: Reconsidering the 1927 Solvay Conference. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press , 530 Pp., $135.00. [REVIEW]Michael Dickson - 2012 - Philosophy of Science 79 (1):175-177.
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    The Shaky Game: Einstein, Realism, and the Quantum Theory. Arthur Fine.Paul Teller - 1988 - Philosophy of Science 55 (1):155-156.
  24. added 2019-05-13
    Sources of the Kuhnian ‘Revolution‘.Chris Norris - 2001 - Alethia 4 (2):23-35.
  25. added 2019-03-07
    From No-Signaling to Spontaneous Localization Theories.Valia Allori - 2019 - International Journal of Quantum Foundations 5:1-10.
    GianCarlo Ghirardi passed away on June 1st, 201. He would have turned 83 on October 28, 2018. He was without any doubt one of the most prominent theoretical physicists working on the foundation and the philosophy of quantum mechanics. In this paper I review some of his achievements and underline how his research influenced the philosophy of physics community.
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    Scientific Realism Without the Wave-Function: An Example of Naturalized Quantum Metaphysics.Valia Allori - 2020 - In Juha Saatsi & Steven French (eds.), Scientific Realism and the Quantum. Oxford University Press.
    Scientific realism is the view that our best scientific theories can be regarded as (approximately) true. This is connected with the view that science, physics in particular, and metaphysics could (and should) inform one another: on the one hand, science tells us what the world is like, and on the other hand, metaphysical principles allow us to select between the various possible theories which are underdetermined by the data. Nonetheless, quantum mechanics has always been regarded as, at best, puzzling, if (...)
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  27. added 2018-06-28
    Gott Würfelt Nicht. Einsteins Immer Noch Aktuelle Kritik der Quantenmechanik.Gregor Schiemann - 2005 - In J. Renn (ed.), Albert Einstein. Ingenieur des Universums. 100 Autoren für Einstein.
    Kaum eine Äußerung Einsteins ist so bekannt wie sein Wort, dass Gott nicht würfelt. In ähnlicher Weise, wie Einstein dies unerläutert gelassen hat, ist seine gesamte Position zur Quantenmechanik, auf die es sich bezieht, von Uneindeutigkeiten nicht frei geblieben. Für seine Würfelmetapher ergibt sich ein Spielraum von gegensätzlichen Sichtweisen. Sie lässt sich zum einen mit jüngeren Forschungsresultaten verbinden und weist zum anderen auf rückschrittliche Elemente in Einsteins Denken hin. Ich wende mich zuerst diesen Elementen zu und betrachte dann eine dazu (...)
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    Fine-Structure Constant From Golden Ratio Geometry.Michael A. Sherbon - 2018 - International Journal of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Research 5 (2):89-100.
    After a brief review of the golden ratio in history and our previous exposition of the fine-structure constant and equations with the exponential function, the fine-structure constant is studied in the context of other research calculating the fine-structure constant from the golden ratio geometry of the hydrogen atom. This research is extended and the fine-structure constant is then calculated in powers of the golden ratio to an accuracy consistent with the most recent publications. The mathematical constants associated with the golden (...)
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    Fundamental Physics and the Fine-Structure Constant.Michael A. Sherbon - 2017 - International Journal of Physical Research 5 (2):46-48.
    From the exponential function of Euler’s equation to the geometry of a fundamental form, a calculation of the fine-structure constant and its relationship to the proton-electron mass ratio is given. Equations are found for the fundamental constants of the four forces of nature: electromagnetism, the weak force, the strong force and the force of gravitation. Symmetry principles are then associated with traditional physical measures.
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  30. added 2018-03-05
    Kantian and Neo-Kantian First Principles for Physical and Metaphysical Cognition.Michael E. Cuffaro - manuscript
    I argue that Immanuel Kant's critical philosophy—in particular the doctrine of transcendental idealism which grounds it—is best understood as an `epistemic' or `metaphilosophical' doctrine. As such it aims to show how one may engage in the natural sciences and in metaphysics under the restriction that certain conditions are imposed on our cognition of objects. Underlying Kant's doctrine, however, is an ontological posit, of a sort, regarding the fundamental nature of our cognition. This posit, sometimes called the `discursivity thesis', while considered (...)
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    Bohr, Heisenberg and the Divergent Views of Complementarity.Kristian Camilleri - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (3):514-528.
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    Atoms, Entropy, Quanta: Einstein's Miraculous Argument of 1905.John D. Norton - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 (1):71-100.
    In the sixth section of his light quantum paper of 1905, Einstein presented the miraculous argument, as I shall call it. Pointing out an analogy with ideal gases and dilute solutions, he showed that the macroscopic, thermodynamic properties of high frequency heat radiation carry a distinctive signature of finitely many, spatially localized, independent components and so inferred that it consists of quanta. I describe how Einstein’s other statistical papers of 1905 had already developed and exploited the idea that the ideal (...)
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    The Turning Point for Einstein's Annus Mirabilis.Robert Rynasiewicz & Jürgen Renn - 2005 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 (1):5-35.
    The year 1905 has been called Einstein's annus mirabilis in virtue of three ground-breaking works completed over the span of a few months --- the light quantum paper (Einstein, 1905a), the Brownian motion paper (Einstein, 1905c), and the paper on the electrodynamics of moving bodies introducing the special theory of relativity (Einstein, 1905d). There are prima facie reasons for thinking that the origins of these papers cannot be understood in isolation from one another. Due to space limitations, we concentrate primarily (...)
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  34. added 2018-02-17
    Heisenberg on Hidden Variables.Guido Bacciagaluppi & Elise Crull - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 40 (4):374-382.
    In this paper, we discuss various aspects of Heisenberg’s thought on hidden variables in the period 1927–1935. We also compare Heisenberg’s approach to others current at the time, specifically that embodied by von Neumann’s impossibility proof, but also views expressed mainly in correspondence by Pauli and by Schroedinger. We shall base ourselves mostly on published and unpublished materials that are known but little-studied, among others Heisenberg’s own draft response to the EPR paper. Our aim will be not only to clarify (...)
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    Why Were Matrix Mechanics and Wave Mechanics Considered Equivalent?Slobodan Perovic - 2008 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 39 (2):444-461.
    A recent rethinking of the early history of Quantum Mechanics deemed the late 1920s agreement on the equivalence of Matrix Mechanics and Wave Mechanics, prompted by Schrödinger's 1926 proof, a myth. Schrödinger supposedly failed to prove isomorphism, or even a weaker equivalence (“Schrödinger-equivalence”) of the mathematical structures of the two theories; developments in the early 1930s, especially the work of mathematician von Neumann provided sound proof of mathematical equivalence. The alleged agreement about the Copenhagen Interpretation, predicated to a large extent (...)
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    Open or Closed? Dirac, Heisenberg, and the Relation Between Classical and Quantum Mechanics.Alisa Bokulich - 2004 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 35 (3):377-396.
    This paper describes a long-standing, though little-known, debate between Paul Dirac and Werner Heisenberg over the nature of scientific methodology, theory change, and intertheoretic relations. Following Heisenberg’s terminology, their disagreements can be summarized as a debate over whether the classical and quantum theories are “open” or “closed.” A close examination of this debate sheds new light on the philosophical views of two of the great founders of quantum theory.
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  37. added 2017-12-18
    Grete Hermann - Between Physics and Philosophy.Elise Crull & Guido Bacciagaluppi (eds.) - 2016 - Springer.
  38. added 2017-05-11
    Quantum Physics Seen from a Perspective of the Humanities.Yusuke Kaneko - 2017 - The Basis: The Annual Bulletin of ResearchCenter for Liberal Education (Musashino University) 7:171-193.
    Although written in Japanese, an overall picture of quantum physics is drawn, which would surely be useful for beginners as well as researchers of the humanities.
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    Niels Bohr and the Philosophy of Physics: Twenty-First Century Perspectives.Jan Faye & Henry Folse (eds.) - 2017 - Bloomsbury.
    Niels Bohr and Philosophy of Physics: Twenty-First Century Perspectives examines the work, influences and legacy of the Nobel Prize physicist and philosopher of experiment Niels Bohr. While covering Bohr's groundbreaking contribution to quantum mechanics, this collection reveals the philosophers who influenced his work. Linking him to the pragmatist C.I. Lewis and the Danish philosopher Harald Høffding, it draws strong similarities between Bohr's philosophy and the Kantian way of thinking. Addressing the importance of Bohr's views of classical concepts, it discusses how (...)
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    Quantum Mechanics and Objectivity: A Study of the Physical Philosophy of Werner Heisenberg.Abner Shimony - 1965 - Philosophical Review 77 (4):524-526.
  41. added 2017-02-15
    On Heisenberg’s Key Statements Concerning Ontology.Thomas L. Pangle - 2014 - Review of Metaphysics 67 (4):835-859.
    Despite a flurry of renewed scholarly interest in the development of Heisenberg’s scientific work, and in his complex relation to the dramatic unfolding of German cultural history in his time, there has yet to be executed a sustained and philosophically critical interpretative commentary on the book that is his crucial philosophical-ontological legacy, Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science. Given the profound ontological puzzles that continue to attend quantum physics and its implications for humanity’s past as well as present (...)
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    Schrödinger. Life and Thought. [REVIEW]Helge Krach - 1990 - British Journal for the History of Science 23 (2):231-233.
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    Quantum Mechanics and Objectivity: A Study of the Physical Philosophy of Werner Heisenberg. [REVIEW]M. M. E. - 1966 - Review of Metaphysics 20 (2):368-369.
    The author, a physicist as well as a philosopher, uses the thought of Werner Heisenberg as a focus for examining the epistemological foundations of quantum theory. Though Heisenberg's earliest original insights were stimulated by Plato's Timaeus he soon swung over to Bohr's empiricism in developing and supporting the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. His later philosophical reflections are markedly Kantian with irreducible physical invariants playing the role of Kant's necessary and universal laws. As Heelan sees it, an examination of the (...)
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    Bohr and the Photon.John Stachel - 2009 - In Wayne C. Myrvold & Joy Christian (eds.), Quantum Reality, Relativistic Causality, and Closing the Epistemic Circle. Springer. pp. 69--83.
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    Arthur March, Werner Heisenberg, and the Search for a Smallest Length/Arthur March, Werner Heisenberg, Et la Notion de Longueur Minimale.Helge Kragh - 1995 - Revue d'Histoire des Sciences 48 (4):401-434.
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    Modeling the Heisenberg Matrix: Quantum Coherence and Thought at the Holoscape Manifold and Deeper Complementarity.R. L. Amoroso & B. Martin - 1995 - In Joseph E. King & Karl H. Pribram (eds.), Scale in Conscious Experience. Lawrence Erlbaum.
  47. added 2017-02-13
    Heisenberg, German Culture, and Other Such Horrifying Things.K. Hentschel - 2000 - Annals of Science 57 (3):301-306.
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    BACCIAGALUPPI, G., VALENTINI, A., Quantum Theory at the Crossroads: Reconsidering the 1927 Solvay Conference (CR du N° 1/2011). [REVIEW]Darrigol Olivier - 2011 - Revue d'Histoire des Sciences 64 (1):189-191.
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    The Ontology and Cosmology of Non- Euclidean Geometry.Kelly L. Ross - unknown
    Until recently, Albert Einstein's complaints in his later years about the intelligibility of Quantum Mechanics often led philosophers and physicists to dismiss him as, essentially, an old fool in his dotage. Happily, this kind of thing is now coming to an end as philosophers and mathematicians of the caliber of Karl Popper and Roger Penrose conspicuously point out the continuing conceptual difficulties of quantum theory [cf. Penrose's searching discussion in The Emperor's New Mind, chapter 6, "Quantum magic and quantum mystery," (...)
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    Heisenberg's Concept of Matter as Potency.M. J. Carella - 1976 - Diogenes 24 (96):25-37.
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