Metaphysics and Quantum Physics

Authored by: Peter J. Lewis

The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics

Print publication date:  April  2009
Online publication date:  April  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415396318
eBook ISBN: 9780203879306
Adobe ISBN: 9781134155866


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Quantum physics confronts contemporary metaphysicians with a fascinating and frustrating puzzle. It appears to be telling us something novel and surprising about the nature of the physical world, but it is hard to pin down exactly what it tells us. In large part, this is because quantum physics presents us with a particularly striking example of underdetermination; there are several quantum theories that are at least arguably consistent with the observed data, and which seem to entail very different ontologies. So while quantum mechanics is clearly revolutionary, it is unclear what form the revolution takes.

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