How Scientific Can a Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics Be?

Egg, Matthias (29 November 2018). How Scientific Can a Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics Be? (Unpublished). In: New Topics in Quantum Foundations. Lausanne, Switzerland. 29 Nov 2018.

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Ongoing disagreement about the measurement problem in quantum mechanics is a major obstacle for the project of scientific metaphysics, because there do not seem to be any universally accepted scientific standards that would let us decide what the true metaphysics of quantum mechanics is. One response by scientific metaphysicians has been the attempt to dissolve (rather than to solve) the measurement problem. After discussing one particular proposal in that spirit (due to Ladyman and Ross), I will explore the prospects of such an approach in general. The tentative lesson to be drawn seems to be the following: the more narrowly „scientific“ one’s approach to the measurement problem is, the more it is in conflict with the kind of scientific realism that is usually presupposed by the very project of scientific metaphysics.

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:

29 May 2019 11:17

Last Modified:

29 May 2019 11:17

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129576

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129576

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