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Primitive Ontology in a Nutshell

Allori, Valia (2015) Primitive Ontology in a Nutshell. International Journal of Quantum Foundations, 1 (3). pp. 107-122.

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The aim of this paper is to summarize a particular approach of doing metaphysics through physics - the primitive ontology approach. The idea is that any fundamental physical theory has a well-defined architecture, to the foundation of which there is the primitive ontology, which represents matter. According to the framework provided by this approach when applied to quantum mechanics, the wave function is not suitable to represent matter. Rather, the wave function has a nomological character, given that its role in the theory is to implement the law of evolution for the primitive ontology.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Allori, Valiavallori@niu.edu
Keywords: primitive ontology; fundamental physical theories; physical equivalence; quantum theories; wave function ontology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Dr Valia Allori
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 15:46
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 15:46
Item ID: 11651
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Quantum Foundations
Official URL: http://www.ijqf.org/wps/wp-content/uploads/2015/06...
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 26 June 2015
Page Range: pp. 107-122
Volume: 1
Number: 3
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11651

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