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Quantum Mechanics and Paradigm Shifts

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It has been argued that the transition from classical to quantum mechanics is an example of a Kuhnian scientific revolution, in which there is a shift from the simple, intuitive, straightforward classical paradigm, to the quantum, convoluted, counterintuitive, amazing new quantum paradigm. In this paper, after having clarified what these quantum paradigms are supposed to be, I analyze whether they constitute a radical departure from the classical paradigm. Contrary to what is commonly maintained, I argue that, in addition to radical quantum paradigms, there are also legitimate ways of understanding the quantum world that do not require any substantial change to the classical paradigm.

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Allori, V. Quantum Mechanics and Paradigm Shifts. Topoi 34, 313–323 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11245-014-9295-y

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Keywords

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Classical mechanics
  • Kuhnian scientific revolutions
  • Paradigm shifts