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Understanding Quantum Mechanics (Beyond Metaphysical Dogmatism and Naive Empiricism)

de Ronde, Christian (2020) Understanding Quantum Mechanics (Beyond Metaphysical Dogmatism and Naive Empiricism). [Preprint]

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Quantum Mechanics (QM) has faced deep controversies and debates since its origin when Werner Heisenberg proposed the first mathematical formalism capable to operationally account for what had been recently discovered as the new field of quantum phenomena. Today, even though we have reached a standardized version of QM which is taught in Universities all around the world, there is still no consensus regarding the conceptual reference of the theory and, if or if not, it can refer to something beyond measurement outcomes. In this work we will argue that the reason behind the impossibility to reach a meaningful answer to this question is strictly related to the 20th Century Bohrian-positivist re-foundation of physics which is responsible for having introduced within the theory of quanta a harmful combination of metaphysical dogmatism and naive empiricism. We will also argue that the possibility of understanding QM is at plain sight, given we return to the original framework of physics in which the meaning of understanding has always been clear.


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Item Type: Preprint
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de Ronde, Christiancderonde@gmail.com
Keywords: Interpretation, explanation, representation, quantum theory.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Christian de Ronde
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2020 01:35
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2020 01:35
Item ID: 18051
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 1 September 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18051

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