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Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Metaphysicians should pay attention to quantum mechanics. Why? 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 becau ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Manny
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Manny by: Simon Evnine
What does quantum mechanics tell us about the fundamental nature of the world? This certainly sounds like a philosophical question, and I remember complaining to Simon Evnine a couple of years ago that more philosophers should be taking an interest. I didn't have to wait long: one of his colleagues has just published this book, which OUP kindly sent me last week. The author has a well-organized and sensible approach, which starts with empirical facts rather than theories. Let's look at the good ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
Fairly good exposition of QM and the metaphysics surrounding it. After going over the counter-intuitive aspects of the theory the author deals with realism vs. antirealist pictures, the measurement problem, determinism vs. randomness and other aspects of the metaphysics of QM. The author introduces various interpretations including Bohmian, GRW, Many Worlds and Copenhagen. He discusses the strengths and problems of each. Very easy to understand summation of the field.

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Nicholas
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A well written explication of the possible philosophical implications of the three main theories of Quantum mechanics. I've found it difficult to find books in this area that don't present themselves as either offering definitive answers, or flying off into some sort of anthropological magical fantasy, but this book is well grounded, and of a different class. It leaves one with a better appreciation of the limits of what we can draw conclusions from, on subjects we know so little about.
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Learned some math.
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