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Position Measurements and the Empirical Status of Particles in Bohmian Mechanics

Lazarovici, Dustin (2019) Position Measurements and the Empirical Status of Particles in Bohmian Mechanics. [Preprint]

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The paper addresses the debate about the empirical status of particles versus wave functions in Bohmian quantum mechanics. It thereby clarifies questions and misconceptions about the role of the particles in the measurement process, the (un)reliability of position measurements ("surrealistic trajectories"), and the limited empirical access to particle positions ("absolute uncertainty"). Taking the ontological commitment of Bohmian mechanics seriously, all relevant empirical results follow from an analysis of the theory in terms of particle motions. Finally, we address the question, why particle motions rather than patterns in the wave function would be the supervenience base of conscious experience.


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Lazarovici, Dustindustin.lazarovici@unil.ch0000-0002-1484-1172
Keywords: Quantum mechanics, Bohmian mechanics, Wave function realism, Position measurements, Absolute uncertainty
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Dustin Lazarovici
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 19:49
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 19:49
Item ID: 15813
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: March 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15813

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