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The Point of Primitive Ontology

Lazarovici, Dustin and Reichert, Paula (2022) The Point of Primitive Ontology. Foundations of Physics, 52. ISSN 1572-9516

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Abstract

Bohmian mechanics grounds the predictions of quantum mechanics in precise dynamical laws for a primitive ontology of point particles. In an appraisal of the de-Broglie-Bohm theory, the paper discusses the crucial epistemological and conceptual role that a primitive ontology plays within a physical theory. It argues that quantum theories without primitive ontology fail to make contact with observable reality in a clear and consistent manner. Finally, it discusses Einstein's epistemological model and why it supports the primitive ontology approach.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Lazarovici, Dustindustin@technion.ac.il0000-0002-1484-1172
Reichert, Paulareichert@math.lmu.de0000-0003-3291-4088
Additional Information: Part of the Special Issue: Pilot-wave and beyond: Louis de Broglie and David Bohm's quest for a quantum ontology
Keywords: Primitive Ontology, Bohmian Mechanics, De-Broglie-Bohm Theory, Wave Function Realism, Quantum State Realism, Measurement Problem
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr. Dustin Lazarovici
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2022 19:10
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2022 19:10
Item ID: 21425
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Physics
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10701-0...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10701-022-00639-w
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: November 2022
Volume: 52
ISSN: 1572-9516
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21425

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