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The Philosophy of Quantum Physics


  • The first textbook devoted to philosophy of quantum physics

  • Provides a clear and comprehensive overview of the interpretations of quantum theory and the associated philosophical questions

  • Includes problem sets with solutions to convey a deeper understanding


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

  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

About the authors

Cord Friebe is acting Chair of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Siegen. His fields of interest: Philosophy of Physics, Analytical Ontology,
Kant's theoretical philosophy.
Meinard Kuhlmann is acting Chair of Philosophy of Science at the University of Mainz. His fields of interest: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of science and Analytical Ontology.
Holger Lyre is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Magdeburg. His fields of interest: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of mind and science theory of cognitive neuroscience.
Paul M. Näger is Research Associate at the University of Münster. His fields of interest: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, metaphysics.
Oliver Passon is advisor to the Working Group on Physics and its Didactics at the University of Wuppertal. His fields of interest: Phenomenological Optics, Philosophy of Science and interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Manfred Stöckler is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bremen. His fields of interest: Philosophy of physics, philosophy of the time and methodology of the
Exploration of complex systems.

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