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Philosophical Issues raised by Quantum Theory and its Interpretations

Myrvold, Wayne C. (2022) Philosophical Issues raised by Quantum Theory and its Interpretations. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Quantum Interpretations. pp. 53-75.

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This chapter serves as an introduction to the philosophical issues raised by quantum theory. It begins with a brief overview of the formalism of quantum theory. The so-called “measurement problem” is introduced, and the main approaches to it surveyed. We then discuss the implications of quantum theory for metaphysics. One question concerns the implications of quantum nonlocality for our understanding of spacetime and of causality. Another has to do with the ontology of quantum states. Should these be regarded as physically real, and, if so, what sort of reality should be ascribed to them?


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Myrvold, Wayne C.wmyrvold@uwo.ca0000-0002-7033-2647
Keywords: quantum mechanics, interpretations of quantum mechanics, measurement problem, collapse postulate, Bell’s theorem
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Wayne Myrvold
Date Deposited: 26 May 2022 02:13
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 02:13
Item ID: 20674
Journal or Publication Title: The Oxford Handbook of the History of Quantum Interpretations
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Official URL: https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfor...
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: May 2022
Page Range: pp. 53-75
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20674

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