How to spell out the epistemic conception of quantum states

@article{Friederich2011HowTS,
  title={How to spell out the epistemic conception of quantum states},
  author={Simon Friederich},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics},
  year={2011},
  volume={42},
  pages={149-157}
}
  • S. Friederich
  • Published 10 January 2011
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
In defence of non-ontic accounts of quantum states
Interpreting Heisenberg interpreting quantum states
The paper investigates possible readings of the later Heisenberg's remarks on the nature of quantum states. It discusses, in particular, whether Heisenberg should be seen as a proponent of the
Quantum Theory as a Method: the Rule Perspective
The paper presents a “therapeutic” account of quantum theory, the “Rule Perspective,” which attempts to dissolve the notorious paradoxes of measurement and non-locality by reflection of the nature of
A taxonomy for the mereology of entangled quantum systems
The emerging field of quantum mereology considers part-whole relations in quantum systems. Entangled quantum systems pose a peculiar problem in the field, since their total states are not reducible
Re-thinking local causality
TLDR
This paper argues that if one takes the essential intuitive idea behind local causality to be that probabilities in a locally causal theory depend only on what occurs in the backward light cone, and if one regards objective probability as what imposes constraints on rational credence along the lines of David Lewis’ Principal Principle, then one arrives at the view that whether or not Bell’s criterion holds is irrelevant forWhether or not local causal theory holds.
Local toy-model theory with ontic correlated states of composite systems
We propose a toy-model theory, that mimics various characteristic features of quantum mechanics. Unlike the toy-models previously studied in the literature, our toy-model allows for an observer to
Quantum decoherence in a pragmatist view: Resolving the measurement problem
This paper aims to show how adoption of a pragmatist interpretation permits a satisfactory resolution of the quantum measurement problem. The classic measurement problem dissolves once one recognizes
Autonomy All the Way Down: Systems and Dynamics in Quantum Bayesianism
Quantum Bayesianism ("QBism") has been put forward as an approach to quantum theory that avoids foundational problems by altogether disavowing the objective existence of quantum states. It is shown
Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Decoherence is like capitalism. Its proponents regard it as obvious, given human nature, and its success seems overwhelming. Competitors largely belong to the past, or get the impression they do.
Philosophy of Science in Germany, 1992–2012: Survey-Based Overview and Quantitative Analysis
An overview of the German philosophy of science community is given for the years 1992–2012, based on a survey in which 159 philosophers of science in Germany participated. To this end, the
...
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 40 REFERENCES
Einstein, Incompleteness, and the Epistemic View of Quantum States
TLDR
It is shown that for models wherein the quantum state has the status of something real, the failure of locality can be established through an argument considerably more straightforward than Bell’s theorem.
Quantum Bayesianism: A study
Quantum-Bayesian Coherence
TLDR
It is argued that the Born Rule should be seen as an empirical addition to Bayesian reasoning itself, and how to view it as a normative rule in addition to usual Dutch-book coherence is shown.
Two Dogmas About Quantum Mechanics
We argue that the intractable part of the measurement problem -- the 'big' measurement problem -- is a pseudo-problem that depends for its legitimacy on the acceptance of two dogmas. The first dogma
Evidence for the epistemic view of quantum states: A toy theory
We present a toy theory that is based on a simple principle: the number of questions about the physical state of a system that are answered must always be equal to the number that are unanswered in a
Is the Epistemic View of Quantum Mechanics Incomplete?
One of the most tantalizing questions about the interpretation of Quantum Theory is the objective vs. subjective meaning of quantum states. Here, by focusing on a typical EPR experiment upon which a
Quantum Mechanics as Quantum Information (and only a little more)
In this paper, I try once again to cause some good-natured trouble. The issue remains, when will we ever stop burdening the taxpayer with conferences devoted to the quantum foundations? The suspicion
Unknown Quantum States: The Quantum de Finetti Representation
We present an elementary proof of the quantum de Finetti representation theorem, a quantum analog of de Finetti’s classical theorem on exchangeable probability assignments. This contrasts with the
Explaining the Unobserved—Why Quantum Mechanics Ain’t Only About Information
A remarkable theorem by Clifton et al [Found Phys. 33(11), 1561–1591 (2003)] (CBH) characterizes quantum theory in terms of information-theoretic principles. According to Bub [Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod.
...
...