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Interpreting Quantum Theories$
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Laura Ruetsche

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199535408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535408.001.0001

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Interpreting Physical Theories

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Interpreting Quantum Theories

Laura Ruetsche

Oxford University Press

The chapter suggests that the project of interpreting particular physical theories could and should inform the scientific realism debate; presents “the standard account” of interpretation, according to which an interpretation of a physical theory T characterizes the unique set of worlds possible according to T's laws; and isolates an interpretively significant respect in which quantum field theory differs in kind from ordinary quantum mechanics: in ordinary QM, representations of the canonical commutation relations constituting the core of a quantum theory are essentially unique; in QFT this uniqueness breaks down.

Keywords:   scientific realism, interpretation, laws of nature, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory

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