In this thought-provoking book, Richard Healey proposes a new interpretation of quantum theory inspired by pragmatist philosophy. Healey puts forward the interpretation as an alternative to realist quantum theories on the one hand such as Bohmian mechanics, spontaneous collapse theories, and many-worlds interpretations, which are different proposals for describing what the quantum world is like and what the basic laws of physics are, and nonrealist interpretations on the other hand such as quantum Bayesianism, which proposes to understand quantum theory as describing agents’ subjective epistemic states. The central idea of Healey's proposal is to understand quantum theory as providing not a description of the physical world but a set of authoritative and objectively correct prescriptions about how agents should act. The book provides a detailed development and defense of that idea, and it contains interesting discussions about a wide range of philosophical issues such as representation, probability, explanation, causation, objectivity,...
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Book Review| April 01 2020
The Quantum Revolution in Philosophy
The Quantum Revolution in Philosophy.
Oxford: Oxford University Press,
ix + 292 pp.
The Philosophical Review (2020) 129 (2): 302–308.
Eddy Keming Chen; The Quantum Revolution in Philosophy. The Philosophical Review 1 April 2020; 129 (2): 302–308. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00318108-8012864
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