9780199790807

The Wave Function Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

  • ISBN 13:

    9780199790807

  • ISBN 10:

    0199790809

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 04/08/2013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This is a new volume of original essays on the metaphysics of quantum mechanics. The essays address questions such as: What fundamental metaphysics is best motivated by quantum mechanics? What is the ontological status of the wave function? Does quantum mechanics support the existence of any other fundamental entities, e.g. particles? What is the nature of the fundamental space (or space-time manifold) of quantum mechanics? What is the relationship between the fundamental ontology of quantum mechanics and ordinary, macroscopic objects like tables, chairs, and persons? This collection includes a comprehensive introduction with a history of quantum mechanics and the debate over its metaphysical interpretation focusing especially on the main realist alternatives.

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