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The Wave Function: Essays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

Alyssa Ney and David Z Albert


This is a new volume of original essays on the metaphysics of quantum mechanics, in particular the ontological status of the wave function. The essays address questions such as: What fundamental metaphysics is best motivated by quantum mechanics? What is the ontological status of the wave function? Is it a substance? Is it an entity of some other ontological category? Does quantum mechanics support the existence of any other fundamental entities, for example, particles? What is the nature of the fundamental space (or space-time manifold) of quantum mechanics? What is the relationship between ... More

Keywords: quantum mechanics, metaphysics, ontology, wave function, wavefunction, primitive ontology, philosophy of physics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199790807
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alyssa Ney, editor
University of Rochester

David Z Albert, editor
Columbia University

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