Three arguments for wave function realism

European Journal for Philosophy of Science 13 (4):1-18 (2023)
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Abstract

Wave function realism is an interpretative framework for quantum theories which recommends taking the central ontology of these theories to consist of the quantum wave function, understood as a field on a high-dimensional space. This paper presents and evaluates three standard arguments for wave function realism, and clarifies the sort of ontological framework these arguments support.

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