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Perspectival Objectivity or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Observer-Dependent Reality

Evans, Peter W. (2020) Perspectival Objectivity or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Observer-Dependent Reality. [Preprint]

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Building on self-professed perspectival approaches to both scientific knowledge and causation, I explore the potentially radical suggestion that perspectivalism can be extended to account for a type of objectivity in science. Motivated by recent claims from quantum foundations that quantum mechanics must admit the possibility of observer-dependent facts, I develop the notion of 'perspectival objectivity', and suggest that an easier pill to swallow, philosophically speaking, than observer-dependency is perspective-dependency, allowing for a notion of observer-independence indexed to an agent perspective. Working through the case studies of colour perception and causal perspectivalism, I identify two places within which I claim perspectival objectivity is already employed, and make the connection to quantum mechanics through Bohr's philosophy of quantum theory. I contend that perspectival objectivity can ensure, despite the possibility of perspective-dependent scientific facts, the objectivity of scientific inquiry.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Evans, Peter W.p.evans@uq.edu.au0000-0003-0214-4748
Keywords: Perspectivalism; objectivity; observer dependency; quantum mechanics
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Peter W. Evans
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2020 02:52
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2020 02:52
Item ID: 16956
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 25 February 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16956

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