Notes on the ontology of Bohmian mechanics

Publication Year:
2014
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10719
Author(s):
Gao, Shan
preprint description
It is argued that in Bohmian mechanics the effective wave function of a subsystem of the universe does not encode the influences of other particles on the subsystem. This suggests that the ontology of Bohmian mechanics does not consist only in Bohmian particles and their positions. It is nonetheless pointed out that since the wave function in configuration space may represent the state of ergodic motion of non-Bohmian particles in three-dimensional space, the ontology of Bohmian mechanics may still consist only in particles.