PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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The Information-Theoretic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics & Ontic Structural Realism

While Quantum Information Theory has been a majorly productive research program, what it tells us about the world is less clear. Attempts to use the framework of Quantum Information to develop an interpretation of quantum mechanics that can solve the Measurement Problem have been criticized for failing to give a metaphysically complete picture. In this paper, I argue that Ontic Structural Realism (OSR) can supply the metaphysical grounding for such a view. I develop the details of the combined account, and suggest that it can address some criticisms that the two views face separately, though it inherits some of the challenges faced by OSR.

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Lucas Dunlap    
Rotman Institute of Philosophy
Western University

 

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