Quantum Theory and the Flight from Realism: Philosophical Responses to Quantum Mechanics / Edition 1

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Overview

Quantum Theory and the Flight from Realism is a critical introduction to the long-standing debate concerning the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics, and the problems it has posed for physicists and philosophers from Einstein to the present. Quantum theory has been a major influence on postmodernism, and presents significant challenges for realists. Clarifying these debates for the non-specialist, Christopher Norris examines the premises of orthodox quantum theory and its impact on various philosophical developments. He subjects a wide range of opponents and supporters of realism to a high and equal level of scrutiny. Combining rigor and intellectual generosity, he draws out the merits and weaknesses from opposing arguments.
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Norris (philosophy, U. of Cardiff) examines the debate regarding the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics and the problems it has posed for physicists and philosophers since Einstein, problems including wave-particle dualism, and in measuring particle location or momentum. The Copenhagen interpretation is investigated for its influence on an anti-realist approach to the philosophy of science, especially a postmodern science characterized by paradox, uncertainty, and the limits of precise measurement in the work of, among others, Hilary Putnam, Michael Dummett, Thomas Kuhn, and W. V. Quine. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415223225
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Critical Realism Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Is it possible to be a realist about quantum mechanics? 6
2 Quantum theory and the logic of anti-realism 40
3 Bell, Bohm and the EPR debate: a case for nonlocal realism 72
4 Quantum worlds without end: the multiverse according to Deutsch 106
5 Should philosophers take lessons from quantum theory? 134
6 Putnam's progress: quantum theory and the flight from realism 165
7 Can logic be quantum-relativized? Putnam, Dummett and the 'great quantum muddle' 194
8 From Copenhagen to the stars: some ways of quantum worldmaking 231
Index of names 263
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