, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 77–95 | Cite as

Bohm's Metaphors, Causality, and the Quantum Potential

  • Marcello Guarini


David Bohm's interpretation of quantum mechanics yields a quantum potential, Q. In his early work, the effects of Q are understood in causal terms as acting through a real (quantum) field which pushes particles around. In his later work (with Basil Hiley), the causal understanding of Q appears to have been abandoned. The purpose of this paper is to understand how the use of certain metaphors leads Bohm away from a causal treatment of Q, and to evaluate the use of those metaphors.


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  • Marcello Guarini
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  1. 1.Department of Philosophy Faculty of ArtsThe University of WindsorWindsor

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