Authors

Valia Allori

Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

It has been argued that the transition from classical to quantum mechanics is an example of a Kuhnian scientific revolution, in which there is a shift from the simple, intuitive, straightforward classical paradigm, to the quantum, convoluted, counterintuitive, amazing new quantum paradigm. In this paper, after having clarified what these quantum paradigms are supposed to be, I analyze whether they constitute a radical departure from the classical paradigm. Contrary to what is commonly maintained, I argue that, in addition to radical quantum paradigms, there are also legitimate ways of understanding the quantum world that do not require any substantial change to the classical paradigm.

DOI

10.1007/s11245-014-9295-y

Publication Date

3-5-2015

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Department

Department of Philosophy

Language

eng

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

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