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Does orthodox quantum theory undermine, or support, scientific realism?

Maxwell, N; (1993) Does orthodox quantum theory undermine, or support, scientific realism? The Philosophical Quarterly , 43 (171) pp. 139-157.

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Abstract

It is usually taken for granted that orthodox quantum theory poses a serious problem for scientific realism, in that the theory is empirically extraordinarily successful, and yet has instrumentalism built into it. This paper stand this view on its head. I argue that orthodox quantum theory suffers from a number of serious (if not always noticed) defects precisely because of its inbuilt instrumentalism. This defective character of orthdoox quantum theory thus undermines instrumentalism, and supports scientific realism. I go on to consider whether there is here the basis of a general argument against instrumentalism.

Type: Article
Title: Does orthodox quantum theory undermine, or support, scientific realism?
Location: UK
Publisher version: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2220366?uid=...
Keywords: orthodox quantum theory, realism, instrumentalism, quantum measurement, quantum and classical physics, critique of instrumentalism
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1348968
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