International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 9 (3):225 – 234 (1995)
Abstract Quantum mechanics has seemed to defy all attempts to construe it realistically, but antirealism, like the many?worlds hypothesis, is even more difficult to accept. In order to give a realist construal of quantum mechanics, we need first to distinguish the objective and rational aspect of reality from the paradigmatic thing?like aspects of having determinate physical properties: quantum?mechanical entities may be real in the former sense though not in the latter. Anti?realist arguments are based on the difficulty of giving an account of quantum?mechanical collapse and the apparent superluminal velocities involved. Objections to superluminal velocities on the score of the special theory of relativity are found not to be conclusive, and the price?there being some preferred frame of reference?to be acceptable. A sketch of a probabilistic account of quantum?mechanical collapse is offered, which makes the difference between the macro? and the micro?world a matter of degree rather than kind. If that, or some other, account proved acceptable, we could be quantum?mechanical realists, though quantum?mechanical reality would be very different from that of material objects in hardware shops
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
Quantum Concepts in Space and Time.Roger Penrose & C. J. Isham (eds.) - 1986 - New York ;Oxford University Press.
Special Relativity is Not Based on Causality.Graham Nerlich - 1982 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 33 (4):361-388.
Citations of this work BETA
As Time Goes By.Michael Lockwood - 1997 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 11 (1):35 – 51.
Realism and an Ontology of Powerful Particulars.Rom Harré - 1995 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 9 (3):285-300.
Realism and Quantum Mechanics.Peter Hodgson - 1997 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 11 (1):53 – 65.
Similar books and articles
The Bohmian Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics : A Pitfall for Realism.A. Matzkin & V. Nvrock - unknown
Quantum Probability and Many Worlds.Meir Hemmo - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 38 (2):333-350.
Quantum Mechanics and Metaphysical Indeterminacy.George Darby - 2010 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (2):227-245.
Explanation, Emergence and Quantum-Entanglement.Andreas Hüttemann - 2005 - Philosophy of Science 72 (1):114-127.
The Suggestive Properties of Quantum Mechanics Without the Collapse Postulate.Jeffrey A. Barrett - 1994 - Erkenntnis 41 (2):233 - 252.
Implications of Quantum Theory in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics.David Wallace - manuscript
What is the Logical Form of Probability Assignment in Quantum Mechanics?John F. Halpin - 1991 - Philosophy of Science 58 (1):36-60.
Modal Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity: A Reconsideration. [REVIEW]Joseph Berkovitz & Meir Hemmo - 2005 - Foundations of Physics 35 (3):373-397.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads21 ( #232,644 of 2,153,861 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #398,005 of 2,153,861 )
How can I increase my downloads?