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Against Wavefunction Realism

Wallace, David (2017) Against Wavefunction Realism. [Preprint]


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I argue that wavefunction realism --- the view that quantum mechanics reveals the fundamental ontology of the world to be a field on a high-dimensional spacetime, must be rejected as (a) relying on artefacts of too-simple versions of quantum mechanics, and (b) not conceptually well-motivated even were those too-simple versions exactly correct. I end with some brief comments on the role of spacetime in any satisfactory account of the metaphysics of extant quantum theories.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Unpublished version of a chapter to appear in B. Weslake and S. Dasgupta (ed.), "Current Controversies in the Philosophy of Science", to be published by Routledge in 2019.
Keywords: Quantum mechanics Wavefunction realism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Professor David Wallace
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2018 15:02
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2018 15:02
Item ID: 15294
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2017

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