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Dissolving the Measurement Problem Is Not an Option for the Realist

Egg, Matthias (2018) Dissolving the Measurement Problem Is Not an Option for the Realist. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper critically assesses the proposal that scientific realists do not need to search for a solution of the measurement problem in quantum mechanics, but should instead dismiss the problem as ill-posed. James Ladyman and Don Ross have sought to support this proposal with arguments drawn from their naturalized metaphysics and from a Bohr-inspired approach to quantum mechanics. I show that the first class of arguments is unsuccessful, because formulating the measurement problem does not depend on the metaphysical commitments which are undermined by ontic structural realism, rainforest realism, or naturalism in general. The second class of arguments is problematic due to its refusal to provide an analysis of the term "measurement". It turns out that the proposed dissolution of the measurement problem is in conflict not only with traditional forms of scientific realism but even with the rather minimal realism that Ladyman and Ross themselves defend. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of two related proposals: Healey's pragmatist approach and Bub's information-theoretic interpretation.


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Egg, Matthiasmatthias.egg@philo.unibe.ch0000-0002-9422-2610
Keywords: composition; measurement; information-theoretic realism; ontic structural realism; quantum mechanics; real patterns.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Matthias Egg
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2018 17:30
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 17:30
Item ID: 15423
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 8 December 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15423

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