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Interpretive analogies between quantum and statistical mechanics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
Number of Authors: 12020 (English)In: European Journal for Philosophy of Science, ISSN 1879-4912, E-ISSN 1879-4920, Vol. 10, no 1, article id 9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The conspicuous similarities between interpretive strategies in classical statistical mechanics and in quantum mechanics may be grounded on their employment of common implementations of probability. The objective probabilities which represent the underlying stochasticity of these theories can be naturally associated with three of their common formal features: initial conditions, dynamics, and observables. Various well-known interpretations of the two theories line up with particular choices among these three ways of implementing probability. This perspective has significant application to debates on primitive ontology and to the quantum measurement problem.

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2020. Vol. 10, no 1, article id 9
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Statistical mechanics, Quantum mechanics, Primitive ontology, Measurement problem
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-179633DOI: 10.1007/s13194-019-0268-2ISI: 000512833300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-179633DiVA, id: diva2:1413928
Available from: 2020-03-11 Created: 2020-03-11 Last updated: 2020-03-11Bibliographically approved

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