Causality and the Modeling of the Measurement Process in Quantum Theory

Disputatio 9 (47):657-690 (2017)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this paper we provide a general account of the causal models which attempt to provide a solution to the famous measurement problem of Quantum Mechanics. We will argue that—leaving aside instrumentalism which restricts the physical meaning of QM to the algorithmic prediction of measurement outcomes—the many interpretations which can be found in the literature can be distinguished through the way they model the measurement process, either in terms of the efficient cause or in terms of the final cause. We will discuss and analyze why both, ‘final cause’ and ‘efficient cause’ models, face severe difficulties to solve the measurement problem. In contradistinction to these schemes we will present a new model based on the immanent cause which, we will argue, provides an intuitive understanding of the measurement process in QM.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,202

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Measurement and Fundamental Processes in Quantum Mechanics.Gregg Jaeger - 2015 - Foundations of Physics 45 (7):806-819.
Measurement, Models, and Uncertainty.Alessandro Giordani & Luca Mari - 2012 - IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement 61 (8):2144 - 2152.
The Observer in the Quantum Experiment.Bruce Rosenblum & Fred Kuttner - 2002 - Foundations of Physics 32 (8):1273-1293.
A quantum state model of consciousness.W. L. Miranker - 2002 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 9 (3):3-14.
The Infinite Apparatus in the Quantum Theory of Measurement.Don Robinson - 1990 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:251-261.
Five Formulations of the Quantum Measurement Problem in the Frame of the Standard Interpretation.Manuel Bächtold - 2008 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 39 (1):17-33.

Analytics

Added to PP
2018-07-18

Downloads
27 (#554,860)

6 months
9 (#242,802)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile