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Against 'Particle Metaphysics' and 'Collapses' within the Definition of Quantum Entanglement

de Ronde, Christian and Cesar, Massri (2018) Against 'Particle Metaphysics' and 'Collapses' within the Definition of Quantum Entanglement. [Preprint]

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In this paper we argue against the orthodox definition of quantum entanglement which has been explicitly grounded on several “common sense” (metaphysical) presuppositions and presents today serious formal and conceptual drawbacks. This interpretation which some researchers in the field call “minimal”, has ended up creating a narrative according to which QM talks about “small particles” represented by pure states (in general, superpositions) which —each time someone attempts to observe what is going on— suddenly “collapse” to a single measurement outcome. After discussing the consequences of applying ‘particle metaphysics’ within the definition of entanglement we turn our attention to two recent approaches which might offer an interesting way out of this metaphysical conundrum. Both approaches concentrate their efforts in going beyond the notion of ‘system’. While the first, called device-independent approach, proposes an operational anti-metaphysical scheme in which language plays an essential role; the second approach, takes an essentially metaphysical path which attempts to present a new non-classical representation grounded on intensive relations which, in turn, imposes the need to reconsider the definition and meaning of quantum entanglement.


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de Ronde, Christiancderonde@gmail.com
Cesar, Massri
Keywords: Quantum Entanglement, Collapse, Pure State, Particle metaphysics.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Christian de Ronde
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2019 07:03
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2019 07:03
Item ID: 16653
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 22 November 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16653

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