, Volume 117, Issue 1, pp 31-52

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Bohm's Ontological Interpretation and its Relations to Three Formulations of Quantum Mechanics

  • Frederick M. KronzAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin

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The standard mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics is specified. Bohm's ontological interpretation of quantum mechanics is then shown to be incapable of providing a suitable interpretation of that formulation. It is also shown that Bohm's interpretation may well be viable for two alternative mathematical formulations of quantum mechanics, meaning that the negative result is a significant though not a devastating criticism of Bohm's interpretation. A preliminary case is made for preferring one alternative formulation over the other.