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Can we make sense of relational quantum mechanics?

Ruyant, Quentin (2018) Can we make sense of relational quantum mechanics? Foundations of Physics, 48 (4). pp. 440-455. ISSN 1572-9516

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Abstract

The relational interpretation of quantum mechanics proposes to solve the measurement problem and reconcile completeness and locality of quantum mechanics by postulating relativity to the observer for events and facts, instead of an absolute ``view from nowhere''. The aim of this paper is to clarify this interpretation, and in particular, one of its central claims concerning the possibility for an observer to have knowledge about other observer's events. I consider three possible readings of this claim (deflationist, relationist and relativist), and develop the most promising one, relativism, to show how it fares when confronted with the traditional interpretative problems of quantum mechanics. Although it provides answers to some problems, I claim that there is currently no adapted locality criterion to evaluate whether the resulting interpretation is local or not.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Ruyant, Quentinq_ruy@yahoo.fr
Keywords: Relational Physics Locality Relativism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Mr. Quentin Ruyant
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2020 02:44
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2020 02:44
Item ID: 18108
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Physics
Publisher: Springer
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10701-018-0156-1
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2018
Page Range: pp. 440-455
Volume: 48
Number: 4
ISSN: 1572-9516
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18108

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