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From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Reality

(Original title: From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Reality)
Filozofia, 78 (2023), 6, 409 - 428.
Type of work: Original Articles
Publication language: English
Throughout the 20th century, quantum mechanics was celebrated as the ultimate proof that modern science is leaving behind deterministic mechanical materialism and admitted that it is dealing with non-material entities; moreover, the notion that our reality takes place through being observed opens up to a subjectivist denial of objective reality. Some quantum scientists themselves claimed that the only way to account for our entire universe is to presuppose a global external observer (i.e., God). The text rejects not only this direct theological solution but also the traditional “realist” stance which secretly relies on a divine dimension (the divine status of natural laws). It proposes a reading of the ontological implications of quantum physics which opens up the way for a consequent materialism, even if, from a traditional reading, this may appear to be an odd materialism without matter.

Quantum mechanics, Bell’s Theorem, Niels Bohr, Experimental metaphysics, Counterfactual definiteness

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