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The Wave FunctionEssays on the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics$
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Alyssa Ney and David Z Albert

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790807.001.0001

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Primitive Ontology and the Structure of Fundamental Physical Theories

Primitive Ontology and the Structure of Fundamental Physical Theories

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(p.58) 2 Primitive Ontology and the Structure of Fundamental Physical Theories
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The Wave Function
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Valia Allori

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790807.003.0002

In contrast to what is commonly believed, fundamental physical theories (like classical and quantum mechanics) have a common structure: the (microscopic) constituents of material objects are mathematically represented by a primitive ontology, an entity in space-time. Because the wave function lives in configuration space, the problem for the metaphysician is to establish what the wave function is.

Keywords:   quantum mechanics, wave function, wave function realism, primitive ontology, physical theory, configuration space

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