PhilSci Archive

Traces of Objectivity: Causality and Probabilities in Quantum Physics

Bitbol, Michel (2011) Traces of Objectivity: Causality and Probabilities in Quantum Physics. Diogenes, 58 (4). pp. 30-57.

[img]
Preview
PDF
Traces_Objectivity_Bitbol.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (441kB)

Abstract

It is pointed out that the probabilistic character of a theory does not indicate by itself a distancing with respect to the norms of objectification. Instead, the very structure of the calculation of probabilities utilised by this theory is capable of bearing the trace of a constitution of objectivity in Kant’s sense. Accordingly, the procedure of the constitution of objectivity is first studied in standard and in quantum cases with due reference to modern cognitive science. Then, an examination of the differences between classical and quantum probabilities is performed. It is shown that the form of the quantum calculation of the probabilities carries the mark of the contextuality of the phenomena on which it bears. Conversely, certain conditions that have the form of Bell’s inequalities carry the mark of decontextualization.


Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Bitbol, Michel
Keywords: Causality, objectivity, probability, quantum mechanics, Kant, transcendental idealism
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Prof. Michel Bitbol
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 12:56
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2013 12:56
Item ID: 9706
Journal or Publication Title: Diogenes
Publisher: Sage publications
Official URL: http://dio.sagepub.com/content/58/4/30.full.pdf+ht...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1177/0392192113480902
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: November 2011
Page Range: pp. 30-57
Volume: 58
Number: 4
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9706

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Altmetric.com

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item