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The Quest for RealityBohr and Wittgenstein - two complementary views$
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Stig Stenholm

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603589

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603589.001.0001

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Physics interface

Physics interface

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(p.183) 7 Physics interface
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The Quest for Reality
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Stig Stenholm

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603589.003.0007

It is argued that the Tractatus is an analogy of the classical description of physical reality. We know that this had to be replaced by the much more ephemeral quantum theory. It is argued that many of the features of Wittgenstein's later work could have been applied to quantum physics, if only he had known about this. The argument at some points refers directly to modern physics in a way Wittgenstein could not have done; he did not know modern science.

Keywords:   Tractatus, quantum theory, Stenius, classical physics

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