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Epistemic-Pragmatist Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: A Comparative Assessment

Barzegar, Ali and Oriti, Daniele (2022) Epistemic-Pragmatist Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: A Comparative Assessment. [Preprint]

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In this paper, we investigate similarities and differences between the main neo-Copenhagen (or "epistemic-pragmatist") interpretations of quantum mechanics, here identified as those defined by the rejection of an ontological nature of the quantum states and the simultaneous avoidance of hidden variables, while maintaining the quantum formalism unchanged. We argue that there is a single general interpretive framework with a common core to which all these interpretations are committed, so that they can be regarded as different instances of it, with some of their differences being mostly a matter of emphasis and degree. We also identify, however, remaining differences of a more substantial nature, and we offer a first analysis of them. We also argue that these remaining differences cannot be resolved within the formalism of quantum mechanics itself and identify the more general philosophical considerations that can be used in order to break this interpretation underdetermination.


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Barzegar, Alibarzegar11@gmail.com
Oriti, Danieledaniele.oriti@physik.lmu.de0000-0002-2004-7063
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Ali Barzegar
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2022 03:31
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 03:31
Item ID: 21304
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 24 October 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21304

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