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Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

Peter J. Lewis

Abstract

Metaphysicians should pay attention to quantum mechanics, but not because it provides definitive answers to many metaphysical questions. The theory itself is remarkably silent on the nature of the physical world, and the various interpretations of the theory on offer present conflicting ontological pictures. Rather, quantum mechanics is essential to the metaphysician because it reshapes standard metaphysical debates and opens up unforeseen new metaphysical possibilities. Even if quantum mechanics provides few clear answers, there are good reasons to think that any adequate understanding of the ... More

Keywords: metaphysics, ontology, quantum mechanics, realism, indeterminacy, causation, determinism, holism, individuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190469825
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190469825.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Lewis, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami