The Model View Meets Quantum Ontology
Allan Walstad

September 12, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

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Title:  The Model View Meets Quantum Ontology


What is here called the “model view” of science is a distinct perspective advanced by Ronald Giere and Paul Teller, which places the construction and use of models at the center of scientific theorizing. This paper offers friendly critical discussion–and significant revision–of the Giere-Teller view, emphasizing the relevance both of evolutionary psychology and the economic concept of value subjectivism. The result is a sharper contrast with the common image of science as discovering real entities and natural laws governing them in a cumulative process converging on ultimate truth. In the context of the model view, a contentious issue in the philosophy of quantum mechanics is resolved: Is the Everett interpretation with wave function realism rendered untenable by the absence of a separate three-dimensional ontology? (It is not.)

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