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To be a realist about quantum theory

Halvorson, Hans (2018) To be a realist about quantum theory. [Preprint]

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I look at the distinction between between realist and antirealist views of the quantum state. I argue that this binary classification should be reconceived as a continuum of different views about which properties of the quantum state are representationally significant. What's more, the extreme cases -- all or none --- are simply absurd, and should be rejected by all parties. In other words, no sane person should advocate extreme realism or antirealism about the quantum state. And if we focus on the reasonable views, it's no longer clear who counts as a realist, and who counts as an antirealist. Among those taking a more reasonable intermediate view, we find figures such as Bohr and Carnap -- in stark opposition to the stories we've been told.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Halvorson, Hanshhalvors@princeton.edu
Keywords: wavefunction, quantum mechanics, realism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Hans Halvorson
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2018 20:01
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2018 20:01
Item ID: 14310
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 19 January 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14310

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