The Wave Function: Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

Paperback | March 13, 2013

EditorDavid Albert, Alyssa Ney

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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 anyother 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 collectionincludes 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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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 anyother fundamental entities, e.g. particles? W...

David Albert is the author of Quantum Mechanics and Experience and Time and Chance and has published many articles on quantum mechanics, mostly in the Physical Review. He is Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy and Director of the M.A. Program in The Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Columbia University. Alyssa Ney is...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019979054X

ISBN - 13:9780199790548

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David Z. Albert and Alyssa Ney: PrefaceAlyssa Ney: Introduction1. David Z. Albert: Wave Function Realism2. Valia Allori: Primitive Ontology and the Structure of Fundamental Physical Theories3. Steven French: Whither Wave-Function Realism?4. Sheldon Goldstein and Nino Zangh: Reality and the Role of the Wavefunction in Quantum Theory5. Peter J. Lewis: Dimension and Illusion6. Tim Maudlin: The Nature of the Quantum State7. Bradley Monton: Against 3N-Dimensional Space8. Alyssa Ney: Ontological Reduction and the Wave Function Ontology9. Jill North: The Structure of a Quantum World10. David Wallace: A Prolegomenon to the Ontology of the Everett Interpretation