Quasi-truth and Quantum Mechanics

Newton C.A. da Costa, Otávio Bueno

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Since its early formulation, non-relativistic quantum mechanics (QM) has been the source of sustained controversy about its foundation. Despite its impressive empirical success, several foundational issues have not been settled by the theory: What exactly happens with the observables when a quantum system is not being measured? And what exactly happens during measurement? What is the nature of quantum particles? In particular, are they individuals or not? And can identity be applied to these particles? Not surprisingly, a variety of interpretations of QM have been developed in the attempt to address these and other foundational questions. Perhaps also not surprisingly, so far there has been no agreement as to which of these interpretations (if any) should be preferred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
ISSN (Print)0068-0346
ISSN (Electronic)2214-7942


  • Copenhagen Interpretation
  • Empirical Adequacy
  • Partial Relation
  • Partial Structure
  • Quantum Mechanic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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