Predictions and Primitive Ontology in Quantum Foundations: A Study of Examples

Citation data:

The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science-forthcoming

Publication Year:
2012
Usage 221
Downloads 221
Social Media 1
Tweets 1
Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9338
Author(s):
Allori, Valia; Goldstein, Sheldon; tumulka, roderich; Zanghi, Nino
Most Recent Tweet View All Tweets
article description
A major disagreement between different views about the foundations of quantum mechanics concerns whether for a theory to be intelligible as a fundamental physical theory it must involve a “primitive ontology” (PO), i.e., variables describing the distribution of matter in 4-dimensional space-time. In this paper, we illustrate the value of having a PO. We do so by focusing on the role that the PO plays for extracting predictions from a given theory and discuss valid and invalid derivations of predictions. To this end, we investigate a number of examples based on toy models built from the elements of familiar interpretations of quantum theory.