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UnBorn: probability in Bohmian mechanics

Ruetsche, Laura (2023) UnBorn: probability in Bohmian mechanics. Philosophy of Physics, 1 (1). ISSN 2753-5908

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Why are quantum probabilities encoded in measures corresponding to wave functions, rather than by a more general class of measures? Call this question WHY BORN? I argue that orthodox quantum mechanics has a compelling answer to WHY BORN? but Bohmian mechanics might not. I trace Bohmian difficulties with WHY BORN? to its antistructuralism, its denial of physical significance to the algebraic structure of quantum observables, and I propose other cases where Bohmian antistructuralism might have an explanatory cost.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2023 12:18
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 04:19

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