A Semantic Analysis of Niels Bohr’s Philosophy of Quantum Theory
Niels Bohr is justly famed for his contributions to the understanding of physics in general and quantum theory in particular and almost equally notorious for the alleged obscurity of his doctrines. In this paper we develop an essentially semantical interpretation of Bohr’s central doctrines and offer a precise logical characterization of the doctrines we attribute to Bohr. Our characterization revolves essentially around the representation of a class of non-standard conditional sentences. The technical core of the paper is concerned with the development of an extended theory of conditional probabilities to deal with the representation of these conditionals in the context of quantum theory. In the end, we are not only able to offer a precise characterization of our Bohrian position but show how quantum logic is in one sense an answer to the question of the logic of these conditional sentences.
KeywordsConditional Probability Quantum Theory Popper Function Classical Concept Quantum Logic
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