The Wave Function and Particle Ontology

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In quantum mechanics, the wave function of a N-body system is a mathematical function defined in a 3N-dimensional configuration space. We argue that wave function realism implies particle ontology when assuming: (1) the wave function of a N-body system describes N physical entities; (2) each triple of the 3N coordinates of a point in configuration space that relates to one physical entity represents a point in ordinary three-dimensional space. Moreover, the motion of particles is random and discontinuous.
Categories
PhilPapers/Archive ID
GAOTWF-2
Revision history
Archival date: 2014-01-22
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Wave Function Ontology.Bradley Monton - 2002 - Synthese 130 (2):265-277.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2014-01-22

Total views
124 ( #24,598 of 43,761 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
16 ( #33,939 of 43,761 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.