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Against the Tyranny of 'Pure States' in Quantum Theory

  title={Against the Tyranny of 'Pure States' in Quantum Theory},
  author={Christian de Ronde and C'esar Massri},
  journal={arXiv: Quantum Physics},
  • Christian de Ronde, C'esar Massri
  • Published 2019
  • Mathematics, Physics
  • arXiv: Quantum Physics
  • In this paper we provide arguments against the dominant role played by the notion of pure sate within the orthodox account of quantum theory. Firstly, we will argue that the origin of this notion is intrinsically related to the widespread empirical-positivist understanding of physics according to which 'theories describe actual observations of subjects (or agents)'. Secondly, we will show how within the notion of pure state there is a scrambling of two mutually incompatible definitions. On the… CONTINUE READING

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