Naturalism and the interpretation of quantum mechanics

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Quantum mechanics is the paradigmatic example of a scientific theory seemingly demanding “an interpretation”. Bas van Fraassen has recently argued that the attitude towards the task of interpreting science, not just in the case of quantum mechanics, can be used to demarcate two otherwise similar epistemic stances: empiricism and naturalism. Van Fraassen claims that that while the empiricist is committed to the task of interpretation, the naturalist fails to make sense of such an interpretive task. More specifically, the naturalist does not have room to make sense of the task of giving an interpretation from “outside” the scientific theory. In this chapter I distinguish three different interpretive projects in relation to quantum mechanics and argue, contra van Fraassen, that naturalists are well placed to engage in these projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScientific Realism and the Quantum
EditorsSteven French, Juha Saatsi
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2020


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