Metaphysical Underdetermination in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory

Egg, Matthias (25 August 2017). Metaphysical Underdetermination in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory (Unpublished). In: European Congress of Analytic Philosophy. Munich. 21.-26.08.2017.

The existence of ontologically different but empirically indistinguishable versions of non-relativistic quantum mechanics is one of the most serious and widely discussed cases of metaphysical underdetermination. I argue that this problem is unlikely to disappear when we turn to the next more fundamental theory, namely relativistic quantum field theory. The problem is merely overshadowed by yet another interpretational controversy, but it persists regardless of the outcome of this latter debate. I further argue that one should not be too optimistic about transferring ontological lessons learned in the context of one physical theory to the context of a more fundamental theory.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Egg, Matthias

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 110 Metaphysics
100 Philosophy > 120 Epistemology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Matthias Peter Egg

Date Deposited:

07 May 2018 16:25

Last Modified:

07 May 2018 16:25

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/113675

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