European Studies in Philosophy of Science

Quantum Mechanics Between Ontology and Epistemology

Authors: Boge, Florian J.

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  • Explores the prospects and problems in interpreting quantum theory either ontologically or epistemically
  • Offers a fresh look at realism, causation, and truth in the context of quantum theory
  • Presents an epistemological interpretation of quantum theory with a Kantian twist
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This book explores the prospects of rivaling ontological and epistemic interpretations of quantum mechanics (QM). It concludes with a suggestion for how to interpret QM from an epistemological point of view and with a Kantian touch. It thus refines, extends, and combines existing approaches in a similar direction.

The author first looks at current, hotly debated ontological interpretations. These include hidden variables-approaches, Bohmian mechanics, collapse interpretations, and the many worlds interpretation. He demonstrates why none of these ontological interpretations can claim to be the clear winner amongst its rivals. Next, coverage explores the possibility of interpreting QM in terms of knowledge but without the assumption of hidden variables. It examines QBism as well as Healey’s pragmatist view. The author finds both interpretations or programs appealing, but still wanting in certain respects. As a result, he then goes on to advance a genuine proposal as to how to interpret QM from the perspective of an internal realism in the sense of Putnam and Kant.

The book also includes two philosophical interludes. One details the notions of probability and realism. The other highlights the connections between the notions of locality, causality, and reality in the context of violations of Bell-type inequalities.

About the authors

Florian J. Boge studied Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Düsseldorf, and Philosophy and Physics at the University of Cologne. He graduated from his study in Düsseldorf with an M.A. in 2012, subsequently pursuing a Dr. Phil. in Philosophy and a B.Sc. in Physics  in Cologne. He also visited the University of Oxford as a recognized student and guest researcher in 2016. Currently his employment is with the international and interdisciplinary research unit The Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider, as a postdoctoral researcher. His previous academic positions range from assistant to teaching and research jobs.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Boge, Florian J.

    Pages 1-6

  • Some Quantum Mechanics, Its Problems, and How Not to Think About Them

    Boge, Florian J.

    Pages 7-105

  • Philosophical Interlude I: ‘Probability’ and ‘Realism’

    Boge, Florian J.

    Pages 107-116

  • Just a Matter of Knowledge?

    Boge, Florian J.

    Pages 117-203

  • Philosophical Interlude II: Locality, Causality, Reality (Again)

    Boge, Florian J.

    Pages 205-216

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eBook £63.99
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Hardcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-95764-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quantum Mechanics Between Ontology and Epistemology
Authors
Series Title
European Studies in Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95765-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95765-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95764-7
Series ISSN
2365-4228
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 432
Number of Illustrations
549 b/w illustrations
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