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Is the individuality interpretation of quantum theory wrong ?

Klein, Ulf (2012) Is the individuality interpretation of quantum theory wrong ? [Preprint]

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We analyze the question whether or not quantum theory should be used to describe single particles. Our final result is that a rational basis for such an ’individuality interpretation’ does not exist. A critical examination of three principles, supporting the individuality interpretation, leads to the result that no one of these principles seems to be realized in nature. The well-known controversy characterized by the names of Einstein (EPR), Bohr and Bell is analyzed. EPR proved ’predictive incompleteness’ of quantum theory, which implies that no individuality interpretation exists. Contrary to the common opinion, Bell’s proof of ’metaphysical completeness’ does not invalidate EPR’s proof because two crucially different meanings of ’completeness’ are involved. The failure to distinguish between these two meanings is closely related to a fundamentally deterministic world view, which dominated the thinking of the 19th century and determines our thinking even today.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Klein, Ulfulf.klein@jku.at
Keywords: quantum mechanics statistical interpretation individuality interpretation
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Ulf Klein
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2018 04:15
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2018 04:15
Item ID: 15493
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2012
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15493

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