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One World, One Beable

Callender, Craig (2014) One World, One Beable. [Preprint]

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Is the quantum state part of the furniture of the world? Einstein found such a position indigestible, but here I present an understanding of the wavefunction that is easy to stomach. First, I develop the idea that the wavefunction is nomological in nature, showing how the quantum It or Bit debate gets subsumed by the corresponding It or Bit debate about laws of nature. Second, I motivate the nomological view by casting quantum mechanics in a “classical” formalism (Hamilton–Jacobi theory) and classical mechanics in a “quantum” formalism (Koopman–von Neumann theory) and then comparing and contrasting classical and quantum wave functions. I argue that Humeans about laws can treat classical and quantum wave functions on a par and that doing so yields many benefits.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Callender, Craigccallender@ucsd.edu
Keywords: wavefunction; quantum mechanics; koopman; von neumann; hamilton-jacobi; laws of nature
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Craig Callender
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 15:08
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 15:08
Item ID: 11098
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 28 October 2014
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11098

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