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QBism, FAPP and the Quantum Omelette. (Or, Unscrambling Ontological Problems from Epistemological Solutions in QM)

de Ronde, Christian (2016) QBism, FAPP and the Quantum Omelette. (Or, Unscrambling Ontological Problems from Epistemological Solutions in QM). [Preprint]

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In this paper we discuss the so called "quantum omelette" created by Bohr and Heisenberg through the mix of (ontic) objective accounts and (epistemic) subjective ones within the analysis of Quantum Mechanics (QM). We will begin by addressing the difficult relation between ontology and epistemology within the history of both physics and philosophy. We will then argue that the present "quantum omelette" is being presently cooked in two opposite directions: the first scrambling ontological problems with epistemological solutions and the second scrambling epistemic approaches with ontological questions. A good example of the former is a new type of argumentation strategy attempting to justify the use of decoherence, namely, the "For All Practical Purposes" (shortly known as FAPP) type of justification. We will argue that 'FAPP-type solutions' remain, at best, epistemological answers which not only escape the ontological questions at stake -regarding the quantum to classical limit- but also turn the original problem completely meaningless. The latter omelette can be witnessed in relation to some criticisms raised against the epistemic Bayesian approach to QM (shortly known as QBism). We will argue that QBists have produced a consistent scheme that might allow us to begin to unscramble -at least part of- the "quantum omelette". In this respect, we will show why the epistemic QBist approach is safe from several (ontological) criticisms it has recently received (see [42, 47, 48]). We end our paper with a discussion about the importance of ontological approaches within foundations of QM.


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Item Type: Preprint
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de Ronde, Christiancderonde@gmail.com
Keywords: QBism, FAPP, Ontology, Epistemology, Quantum Mechanics.
Subjects: General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Christian de Ronde
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2016 17:47
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2016 17:47
Item ID: 12328
Subjects: General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 1 August 2016
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12328

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