A critique of Ontological Pluralism: the case for Quantum Mechanics

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Vila Pérez, J. M. (2016). A critique of Ontological Pluralism: the case for Quantum Mechanics. Revista Colombiana De Filosofía De La Ciencia, 15(31). https://doi.org/10.18270/rcfc.v15i31.1276


Scientifically speaking, quantum mechanics (QM) is the most successful theory ever made. Philosophically speaking, however, it is the most controversial theory. Its basic principles seem to contravene our deepest intuitions about reality, which are reflected in the metaphysical commitments of classical mechanics (CM). The aim of this paper is twofold. First, I argue that QM implies an ontological challenge, and not merely an “ontic” one, as it has been traditionally interpreted in the analytic tradition. Second, I suggest that positions known as “ontological pluralism” exhibit an internal weakness due to its unwarranted compromise to a representational view of scientific theories.



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