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Philosophers Look at Quantum Mechanics

  • Alberto Cordero

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 406)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Bell’s Theorem and the Debate on Realism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Peter J. Lewis
      Pages 33-43
  3. Ontological Explorations of QM

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Roland Omnès
      Pages 97-105
    3. James T. Cushing
      Pages 107-118
    4. Albert Solé, Carl Hoefer
      Pages 119-138
  4. Local Scientific Realism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Steven French
      Pages 163-178
  5. Individuals, Individuation, and QM

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Otávio Bueno
      Pages 199-214
  6. Copenhagen Insights Revisited

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Jeffrey Bub
      Pages 217-233

About this book


This edited volume explores the philosophical implications of quantum mechanics. It features papers from venues of the International Ontology Congress (IOC) up to 2016. IOC is a worldwide platform for dialogue and reflection on the interactions between science and philosophy.

The collection features philosophers as well as physicists, including David Albert, Harvey Brown, Jeffrey Bub, Otávio Bueno, James Cushing, Steven French, Victor Gomez-Pin, Carl Hoefer, Simon Kochen, Peter Lewis, Tim Maudlin, Peter Mittlestatedt, Roland Omnès, Juha Saatsi, Albert Solé, David Wallace, and Anton Zeilinger.

Since the early days of quantum mechanics, philosophers have studied the subject with growing technical skill and fruitfulness. Their efforts have unveiled intellectual bridges between physics and philosophy. These connections have helped fuel the contemporary debate about the scope and limits of realism and understanding in the interpretation of physical theories and scientific theories in general. The philosophical analysis of quantum mechanics is now one of the most sophisticated and productive areas in contemporary philosophy, as the papers in this collection illustrate.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alberto Cordero
    • 1
  1. 1.CUNY Graduate Center & Queens College CUNYThe City University of New YorkNew York CityUSA

About the editors

Alberto Cordero (Ph.D Maryland, M.Phil Cambridge, M.Sc. Oxford, Lic.Sc. UNI): Full Professor of Philosophy and History, City University of New York at the CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College CUNY. Numerary Member of the Academie Internationale de.

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