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Moritz Schlick and Bas van Fraassen: Two Different Perspectives on Causality and Quantum Mechanics

Dawid, Richard (2008) Moritz Schlick and Bas van Fraassen: Two Different Perspectives on Causality and Quantum Mechanics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Moritz Schlick’s interpretation of the causality principle is based on Schlick’s understanding of quantum mechanics and on his conviction that quantum mechanics strongly supports an empiricist reading of causation in his sense. The present paper compares the empiricist position held by Schlick with Bas van Fraassen’s more recent conception of constructive empiricism. It is pointed out that the development from Schlick’s understanding of logical empiricism to constructive empiricism reflects a difference between the understanding of quantum mechanics endorsed by Schlick and the understanding that had been established at the time of van Fraassen’s writing.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dawid, Richardrichard.dawid@philosophy.su.se0000-0002-1472-2958
Additional Information: A slightly altered version of this text is awaiting publication in a Boston Studies volume on the chinese empiricist philosopher Hong Qian and his connections with the Vienna Circle.
Keywords: logical empiricism, quantum mechanics, causality, Moritz Schlick, Bas van Fraassen
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Richard Dawid
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2014 12:28
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 15:52
Item ID: 10788
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2008
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10788

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