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Quantum Theory

Nicholas Maxwell

in The Comprehensibility of the Universe

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199261550
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191698750 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261550.003.0007
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This chapter first examines the four ways in which quantum theory poses a challenge for aim-oriented empiricism. It then enumerates the six defects of the orthodox quantum theory. It also looks into the nature of the propensiton quantum theory. The last three sections of the chapter discuss one approach to developing a fully micro-realistic version of quantum theory, free of the defects which deface orthodox quantum theory. The chapter notes that this plausible view would not have been ignored if aim-oriented empiricism had been generally accepted. It argues that these defects result from failure to solve the wave/particle dilemma. The chapter suggests that theoretical physics should seriously consider the two interrelated questions in which orthodox quantum theory is so evasive: What is the nature of quantum objects? Is Nature probabilistic or deterministic?

Keywords: quantum theory; orthodox quantum theory; propensiton quantum theory; nature of quantum objects; wave/particle dilemma

Chapter.  10788 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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