Quantum holism: nonseparability as common ground

Synthese 197 (10):4131-4160 (2020)
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Abstract

Quantum mechanics seems to portray nature as nonseparable, in the sense that it allows spatiotemporally separated entities to have states that cannot be fully specified without reference to each other. This is often said to implicate some form of “holism.” We aim to clarify what this means, and why this seems plausible. Our core idea is that the best explanation for nonseparability is a “common ground” explanation, which casts nonseparable entities in a holistic light, as scattered reflections of a more unified underlying reality.

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Jenann Ismael
Columbia University
Jonathan Schaffer
Rutgers University - New Brunswick

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