Against ‘Interpretation’: Quantum Mechanics Beyond Syntax and Semantics

  title={Against ‘Interpretation’: Quantum Mechanics Beyond Syntax and Semantics},
  author={Raoni Wohnrath Arroyo and Gilson Olegario da Silva},
The question “what is an interpretation?” is often intertwined with the perhaps even harder question “what is a scientific theory?”. Given this proximity, we try to clarify the first question to acquire some ground for the latter. The quarrel between the syntactic and semantic conceptions of scientific theories occupied a large part of the scenario of the philosophy of science in the 20th century. For many authors, one of the two currents needed to be victorious. We endorse that such debate, at… 

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RESUMO Tradicionalmente, ser realista sobre algo significa crer na existência independente desse algo. Em termos ontológicos, isto é, acerca do que há, o realismo científico pode ser entendido como


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  • J. Worrall
  • Philosophy
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement
  • 2007
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