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Whence deep realism for Everettian quantum mechanics?

Arroyo, Raoni Wohnrath and Arenhart, Jonas R. B. (2022) Whence deep realism for Everettian quantum mechanics? [Preprint]

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`Shallow' and `deep' versions of scientific realism may be distinguished as follows: the shallow realist is satisfied with belief in the existence of the posits of our best scientific theories; by contrast, deep realists claim that realism can be legitimate only if such entities are described in metaphysical terms. We argue that this methodological discussion can be fruitfully applied in Everettian quantum mechanics, specifically on the debate concerning the existence of worlds and the recent dispute between Everettian actualism and quantum modal realism. After presenting what is involved in such dispute, we point to a dilemma for realists: either we don't have the available metaphysical tools to answer the deep realist's demands, and realism is not justified in this case, or such demands of metaphysical dressing are not mandatory for scientific realism, and deep versions of realism are not really required.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Arroyo, Raoni Wohnrathrwarroyo@unicamp.br0000-0002-3800-8505
Arenhart, Jonas R. B.jonas.becker2@gmail.cpm
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Foundations of Physics.
Keywords: Everettian actualism; Everettian quantum mechanics; possible worlds; quantum modal realism; scientific realism.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Raoni Arroyo
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2022 19:09
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2022 19:09
Item ID: 21332
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10701-022-00643-0
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: October 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21332

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