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Is Quantum Mechanics Self-Interpreting?

Oldofredi, Andrea (2019) Is Quantum Mechanics Self-Interpreting? [Preprint]

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Abstract

Fuchs and Peres (2000) claimed that standard Quantum Mechanics needs no interpretation. In this essay, I show the flaws of the arguments presented in support to this thesis. Specifically, it will be claimed that the authors conflate QM with Quantum Bayesianism (QBism) - the most prominent subjective formulation of quantum theory; thus, they endorse a specific interpretation of the quantum formalism. Secondly, I will explain the main reasons for which QBism should not be considered a physical theory, being it concerned exclusively with agents’ beliefs and silent about the physics of the quantum regime. Consequently, the solutions to the quantum puzzles provided by this approach cannot be satisfactory from a physical perspective. In the third place, I evaluate Fuchs and Peres arguments contra the non-standard interpretations of QM, showing again the fragility of their claims. Finally, it will be stressed the importance of the interpretational work in the context of quantum theory.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Oldofredi, AndreaAndrea.Oldofredi@unil.ch
Subjects: General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Andrea Oldofredi
Date Deposited: 21 May 2019 13:37
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 13:37
Item ID: 16032
Subjects: General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 20 May 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16032

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