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On the Structure and Function of Scientific Perspectivism in Categorical Quantum Mechanics

Karakostas, Vassilios and Zafiris, Elias (2020) On the Structure and Function of Scientific Perspectivism in Categorical Quantum Mechanics. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. ISSN 1464-3537

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Abstract

Contemporary scientific perspectivism is primarily viewed as a methodological framework of how we obtain and form scientific knowledge of nature, through a broadly perspectivist process, especially, with reference to quantum mechanics. In the present study, this is implemented by representing categorically the global structure of a quantum algebra of events in terms of structured interconnected families of local Boolean probing frames, realized as suitable perspectives or contexts for measuring physical quantities. The essential philosophical meaning of the proposed approach implies that the quantum world can be consistently approached and comprehended through a multilevel structure of locally variable perspectives, which interlock, in a category-theoretical environment, to form a coherent picture of the whole in a nontrivial way.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Karakostas, Vassilioskarakost@phs.uoa.gr
Zafiris, Eliaselias.zafiris@parmenides-foundation.org
Additional Information: Forthcoming in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Scientific Perspectivism, Interactive Perspective, Quantum Mechanics, Category Theory, Categorical Adjunction, Theory-Construction
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Prof. Vassilios Karakostas
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2020 02:59
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2020 02:59
Item ID: 17323
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 2020
ISSN: 1464-3537
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17323

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