Assessing Bohr's rhetorical success in the EPR debate

  title={Assessing Bohr's rhetorical success in the EPR debate},
  author={Ryan K. Clark},
  journal={Southern Communication Journal},
  pages={301 - 315}
  • R. Clark
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • Physics
  • Southern Communication Journal
The Einstein‐Podolsky‐Rosen argument posed the greatest challenge the traditional interpretation of quantum mechanics ever faced. Niels Bohr's success in responding to this argument is of rhetorical interest because later commentators have come to question the strength, and even the coherence, of his response. This essay argues that Bohr's success is partially a function of strategic ambiguity and a broad‐based accessibility. Both aspects contribute to a more compelling presentation. By… 


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