In defence of non-ontic accounts of quantum states

  title={In defence of non-ontic accounts of quantum states},
  author={Simon Friederich},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics},
  • S. Friederich
  • Published 30 April 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
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