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Powers ontology and the quantum revolution

Authors
  • Koons, Robert C.1
  • 1 University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA , Austin (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Publication Date
Nov 28, 2020
Volume
11
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s13194-020-00314-9
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

An Aristotelian philosophy of nature rejects the modern prejudice in favor of the microscopic, a rejection that is crucial if we are to penetrate the mysteries of the quantum world. I defend an Aristotelian model by drawing on both quantum chemistry and recent work on the measurement problem. By building on the work of Hans Primas, using the distinction between quantum and classical properties that emerges in quantum chemistry at the thermodynamic or continuum limit, I develop a new version of the Copenhagen interpretation, a version that is realist, holistic, and hylomorphic in character, allowing for the attribution of fundamental causal powers to human observers and their instruments. I conclude with a critique of non-hylomorphic theories of primitive ontology, including Bohmian mechanics, Everettianism, and GRW mass-density.

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