Journal Article

Reconstruction of Quantum Theory

Alexei Grinbaum

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 58, issue 3, pages 387-408
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online July 2007 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axm028
Reconstruction of Quantum Theory

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What belongs to quantum theory is no more than what is needed for its derivation. Keeping to this maxim, we record a paradigmatic shift in the foundations of quantum mechanics, where the focus has recently moved from interpreting to reconstructing quantum theory. Several historic and contemporary reconstructions are analyzed, including the work of Hardy, Rovelli, and Clifton, Bub and Halvorson. We conclude by discussing the importance of a novel concept of intentionally incomplete reconstruction. 1

What is Wrong with Interpreting Quantum Mechanics

2

Reconstruction of Physical Theory 2.1

Schema

2.2

Selection of the first principles

2.3

Status of the first principles

3

Examples of Reconstruction 3.1

Early examples of reconstruction

3.2

Hardy's reconstruction

3.3

Rovelli's reconstruction

3.4

The CBH reconstruction

3.5

Intentionally incomplete reconstructions

4

Conclusion

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Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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