Wave-functionalism

Synthese 199 (5-6):12271-12293 (2021)
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Abstract

In this paper I present a new perspective for interpreting the wavefunction as a non-material, non-epistemic, non-representational entity. I endorse a functional view according to which the wavefunction is defined by its roles in the theory. I argue that this approach shares some similarities with the nomological account of the wave function as well as with the pragmatist and epistemic approaches to quantum theory, while avoiding the major objections of these alternatives.

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Functionalising the wavefunction.Lorenzo Lorenzetti - 2022 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 96 (C):141-153.
On the Galilean Invariance of the Pilot-Wave Theory.Valia Allori - 2022 - Foundations of Physics 52 (5):1-21.

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