The Interpretative Problem of Quantum Mechanics. Minimal Interpretation and Total Interpretations Abstract


  • Alejandro Cassini Universidad de Buenos Aires - CONICET



Quantum theory, theory identity, theory interpretation, models, intended ontology


In this paper I contend that standard quantum theory has a minimal interpretation, on which all physicists agree. That interpretation is sufficient for every application of quantum theory and it has been confirmed by a countless number of experiments. However, it provides neither an overall picture of the quantum world nor an intended ontology for quantum theory. For those reasons, several full interpretations have been proposed in order to complete the minimal interpretation. I then argue that those interpretations –which are empirically equivalent, but mutually incompatible- are metaphysical ventures that cannot be confirmed by any conceivable experience. Moreover, I claim that the program of finding the ontology for quantum theory rests on the false assumption that there is a unique ontology compatible with each physical theory. I conclude that there is no direct path either from the formalism of quantum theory to its intended ontology, or from determinate metaphysical assumptions to the quantum formalism.


Author Biography

Alejandro Cassini, Universidad de Buenos Aires - CONICET

Alejandro Cassini es doctor en Filosofía por la Universidad de Buenos Aires, donde actualmente se desempeña como profesor adjunto. Asimismo, es investigador independiente del CONICET y dirige los proyectos de investigación “Interpretación y reinterpretación de los resultados experimentales. Experimentos y argumentos acerca de la naturaleza de la luz en Fizeau, Einstein y Compton” y “Modelización, idealización y abstracción en las prácticas de las ciencias naturales y sociales”. Su principal área de estudio es la filosofía de la ciencia.

Algunas de sus publicaciones son:

- El juego de los principios: Una introducción al método axiomático, Buenos Aires, A-Z, 2012 (2da. edición corregida y aumentada).

- “La invención del neutrino: un análisis epistemológico”, Scientiae Studia (Brasil), 10 (2012): 11-39.

- “Newton and Leibniz on Non-Substantival Space”, Theoria, 20/1 (2005): 25-43.


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How to Cite

Cassini, A. (2016). The Interpretative Problem of Quantum Mechanics. Minimal Interpretation and Total Interpretations Abstract. Revista De Humanidades De Valparaíso, (8), 9–42.




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