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Quantum ontology without speculation

Authors
  • Egg, Matthias1
  • 1 University of Bern, Laenggassstrasse 49, Bern, CH-3012, Switzerland , Bern (Switzerland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Publication Date
Jan 30, 2021
Volume
11
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s13194-020-00346-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Existing proposals concerning the ontology of quantum mechanics (QM) either involve speculation that goes beyond the scientific evidence or abandon realism about large parts of QM. This paper proposes a way out of this dilemma, by showing that QM as it is formulated in standard textbooks allows for a much more substantive ontological commitment than is usually acknowledged. For this purpose, I defend a non-fundamentalist approach to ontology, which is then applied to various aspects of QM. In particular, I will defend realism about spin, which has been viewed as a particularly hard case for the ontology of QM.

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