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Pragmatist Quantum Realism

Healey, Richard (2018) Pragmatist Quantum Realism. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Realism comes in many varieties, in science and elsewhere. Van Fraassen's influential formulation took scientific realism to include the view that science aims to give us, in its theories, a literally true story of what the world is like. So understood, a quantum realist takes quantum theory to aim at correctly representing the world: many would add that its success justifies
believing this representation is more or less correct. But quantum realism has been understood both more narrowly and more broadly.
A pragmatist considers use prior to representation and this has prompted some to dub pragmatist views anti-realist, including the view of quantum theory I have been developing recently. But whether a pragmatist view
of quantum theory should be labeled anti-realist depends not only on its ingredients but also on how that label should be applied. Pragmatism offers a healthy diet of quantum realism.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Healey, Richardrhealey@email.arizona.edu
Additional Information: Forthcoming in a collection on Realism and the Quantum, eds. French and Saatsi.
Keywords: scientific realism, quantum theory, pragmatism, instrumentalism, QBism, representation, objectivity
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Richard Andrew Healey
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2018 16:32
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2018 16:32
Item ID: 14322
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 26 January 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14322

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