The Universal and the Local in Quantum Theory

  • Tim MaudlinEmail author
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 406)


Any empirical physical theory must have implications for observable events at the scale of everyday life, even though that scale plays no special role in the basic ontology of the theory itself. The fundamental physical scales are microscopic for the “local beables” of the theory and universal scale for the non-local beables (if any). This situation creates strong demands for any precise quantum theory. This paper examines those constraints and illustrates some ways in which they can be met.


Quantum theory Metaphysics Local beables Non-local beables Conditional wavefunction Bohmian mechanics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyNew York University (NYU)New YorkUSA

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