Events and the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics

Topoi 34 (2):369-378 (2015)

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Mauro Dorato
Università degli Studi Roma Tre
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In the first part of the paper I argue that an ontology of events is precise, flexible and general enough so as to cover the three main alternative formulations of quantum mechanics as well as theories advocating an antirealistic view of the wave function. Since these formulations advocate a primitive ontology of entities living in four-dimensional spacetime, they are good candidates to connect that quantum image with the manifest image of the world. However, to the extent that some form of realism about the wave function is also necessary, one needs to endorse also the idea that the wave function refers to some kind of power. In the second part, I discuss some difficulties raised by the recent proposal that in Bohmian mechanics this power is holistically possessed by all the particles in the universe
Keywords Events  Primitive ontologies  Holistic powers
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-015-9315-6
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