The Convergence of Transcendental Philosophy and Quantum Physics: Grete Henry-Hermann's 1935 Pioneering Proposal
- Léna SolerAffiliated withLaboratoire d'Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie (LHSP) – Archives Henri Poincaré
Her original attempt to save the kantian category of causality, by on the one hand retaining the universal validity of the pure concept of causality, while on the other hand accepting, with Bohr and Heisenberg, the definitive character of statistical predictions. Her attempt consists in showing that once a result has been actually obtained, it is possible, by working backwards, to reconstitute, retrospectively and completely, the causal chain which has necessarily produced such a result.
Her refutation of the so-called von Neumann's proof. Grete Henry-Hermann's essay of 1935 contains the first critique of von Neumann's argument which aimed to demonstrate the impossibility of completing quantum physics by means of hidden parameters, and which has been regarded as firmly established until 1964, that is, until the year Bell published his famous refutation. Yet, reading Grete Henry-Hermann's essay, one discovers that in 1935, thirty years before Bell, Grete Henry-Hermann had produced a refutation of von Neumann, based on arguments very similar to those of Bell in 1964. Had Grete Henry-Hermann's refutation not remained a dead letter, the history of the interpretations of quantum physics would certainly have been very different.
- The Convergence of Transcendental Philosophy and Quantum Physics: Grete Henry-Hermann's 1935 Pioneering Proposal
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- Constituting Objectivity
- Book Subtitle
- Transcendental Perspectives on Modern Physics
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- pp 329-344
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- The Western Ontario Series In Philosophy of Science
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- Springer Netherlands
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- 1. CREA–Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS
- 2. Université de Toulouse–Le Mirail
- 3. Sociales and CREA–Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences
- Léna Soler (4)
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- 4. Laboratoire d'Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie (LHSP) – Archives Henri Poincaré, Nancy, France
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