The Philosophy of Quantum Physics

  • Cord Friebe
  • Meinard Kuhlmann
  • Holger Lyre
  • Paul M. Näger
  • Oliver Passon
  • Manfred Stöckler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Cord Friebe
    Pages 1-38
  3. Paul M. Näger, Manfred Stöckler
    Pages 103-178
  4. Oliver Passon
    Pages 179-220
  5. Meinard Kuhlmann, Manfred Stöckler
    Pages 221-262
  6. Cord Friebe, Meinard Kuhlmann, Holger Lyre
    Pages 263-274
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 275-291

About this book


This book provides a thorough and up-to-date introduction to the philosophy of quantum physics. Although quantum theory is renowned for its spectacular empirical successes, controversial discussion about how it should be understood continue to rage today. In this volume, the authors provide an overview of its numerous philosophical challenges: Do quantum objects violate the principle of causality? Are particles of the same type indistinguishable and therefore not individual entities? Do quantum objects retain their identity over time? How does a compound quantum system relate to its parts? These questions are answered here within different interpretational approaches to quantum theory. Finally, moving to Quantum Field Theory, we find that the problem of non-locality is exacerbated

Philosophy of quantum physics is aimed at philosophers with an interest in physics, while also serving to familiarize physicists with many of the essential philosophical questions of their subject.


Philosophy of quantum theory Interpretations of quantum mechanics Quantum measurement problem EPR paradox Bell inequalities Bohm interpretation Many worlds interpretation Identical particles Quantum indistinguishability Quantum (in)determinism

Authors and affiliations

  • Cord Friebe
    • 1
  • Meinard Kuhlmann
    • 2
  • Holger Lyre
    • 3
  • Paul M. Näger
    • 4
  • Oliver Passon
    • 5
  • Manfred Stöckler
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversität SiegenSiegenGermany
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MainzMainzGermany
  3. 3.Chair of Theoretical PhilosophyUniversity of MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany
  4. 4.Department of PhilosophyWWU MünsterMünsterGermany
  5. 5.School for Mathematics and Natural SciencesUniversity of WuppertalWuppertalGermany
  6. 6.Institute of PhilosophyUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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