Science & Education

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 137–146 | Cite as

Hermeneutics, underdetermination and quantum mechanics

  • James T. Cushing
Article

Abstract

There exists an essential underdetermination in the interpretation of the formalism of quantum mechanics and this extends even to the question of whether or not physical phenomena at the most fundamental level are irreducibly and ineliminably indeterministic or absolutely deterministic. This is true in spite of the widespread belief that logic and empirical considerations alone demand an indeterministic world view in physics. This lends support to Martin Eger's analysis of a role for hermeneutics in science education.

Keywords

Quantum Mechanic Science Education Physical Phenomenon World View Fundamental Level 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • James T. Cushing
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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