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Quantum Ontology without Speculation

Egg, Matthias (2020) Quantum Ontology without Speculation. [Preprint]

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Existing proposals concerning the ontology of quantum mechanics (QM) either involve speculation that goes beyond the scientific evidence or abandon realism about large parts of QM. This paper proposes a way out of this dilemma, by showing that QM as it is formulated in standard textbooks allows for a much more substantive ontological commitment than is usually acknowledged. For this purpose, I defend a non-fundamentalist approach to ontology, which is then applied to various aspects of QM. In particular, I will defend realism about spin, which has been viewed as a particularly hard case for the ontology of QM.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Egg, Matthiasmatthias.egg@philo.unibe.ch0000-0002-9422-2610
Additional Information: accepted for publication in the European Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Effective Realism Ontology Quantum Mechanics Spin Underdetermination
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Matthias Egg
Date Deposited: 26 Dec 2020 04:30
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2020 04:30
Item ID: 18534
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 21 December 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18534

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