Synthese 192 (10):3179-3201 (2015)

Mauro Dorato
Università degli Studi Roma Tre
In this paper I review three different positions on the wave function, namely: nomological realism, dispositionalism, and configuration space realism by regarding as essential their capacity to account for the world of our experience. I conclude that the first two positions are committed to regard the wave function as an abstract entity. The third position will be shown to be a merely speculative attempt to derive a primitive ontology from a reified mathematical space. Without entering any discussion about nominalism, I conclude that an elimination of abstract entities from one’s ontology commits one to instrumentalism about the wave function, a position that therefore is not as unmotivated as it has seemed to be to many philosophers.
Keywords wave function  wave function  configuration space realism  realism   nomic realism  dispositionalism
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0696-2
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