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Niels Bohr and the philosophy of physics : twenty-first-century perspectives

Author: Jan Faye; Henry J Folse
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017.
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"Niels Bohr and Philosophy of Physics: Twenty-First Century Perspectives examines the philosophical views, influences and legacy of the Nobel Prize physicist and philosophical spokesman of the quantum revolution, Niels Bohr.The sixteen contributions in this collection by some of the best contemporary philosophers and physicists writing on Bohr's philosophy today all carefully distinguish his subtle and unique  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)982401223
Named Person: Niels Bohr; Niels Bohr
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Faye; Henry J Folse
ISBN: 9781350035133 1350035130 9781350035126 1350035122
OCLC Number: 1002209834
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; 1.; 2.; References; Part One Understanding Bohr's Philosophical Background; 1 Why Do We Find Bohr Obscure? Reading Bohr as a Philosopher of Experiment ; 1. Introduction; 2. A historiographical overview: The challenges of reading Bohr; Bohr's obscurity: Early philosophical interpretations; How should we read Bohr? Historiographical approaches; 3. Niels Bohr as philosopher of experiment; The doctrine of classical concepts and the epistemology of experiment; Functional versus dynamical accounts of the experimental apparatus Quantum objects and classical concepts4. Conclusions; Archival sources and abbreviations; Notes; References; 2 On Bohr's Transcendental Research Program; 1. Introduction; 2. Should classical physics be a permanent component of the foundations of quantum physics?; 3. Kant's and Bohr's Copernican revolutions; 4. Complementarity about what?; 5. Transcendental versus naturalized approaches to measurement; 6. Conclusion; Notes; References; 3 Transcendental versus Quantitative Meanings of Bohr's Complementarity Principle; 1. Some general considerations concerning Bohr's principle of complementarity The three meanings of Bohr's complementarityThe transcendental framework of complementarity; Einstein's objection; 2. Quantitative complementarity and intermediate situations; 3. The Afshar experiment and the alleged violation of the principle of complementarity; 4. By way of conclusion; Acknowledgment; References; 4 Complementarity and Pragmatic Epistemology: A Comparison of Bohr and C. I. Lewis ; 1. Pragmatism-influences and affinities; 2. Kantianism and pragmatism in Bohr and Lewis; 3. Bohr and Lewis on the growth of knowledge; 4. Sense meaning and the classical concepts; 5. Conclusion NotesReferences; 5 Complementarity and Human Nature; 1. Classical concepts; 2. Bohr's contextualism; 3. Beyond classical concepts; 4. The measurement problem; 5. Realism and representationalism; Conclusion; Note; References; 6 Bohr's Relational Holism and the Classical-Quantum Interaction; 1. Introduction: A conflict in Bohr's philosophy?; 2. Bohr's recourse to classical concepts; 3. Bohr's relational holism and the classical-quantum interaction; Notes; References; 7 Complementarity as a Route to Inferentialism; 1. Introduction; 2. Ordinary concepts and quantum probabilities 3. The controversy over the status of the "agency of measurement"4. From the "external" observer to metasemantics; Notes; References; 8 Fragmentation, Multiplicity, and Technology in Quantum Physics: Bohr's Thought from the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Centu; 1. Introduction; 2. Fragmentation, complementarity, and the unrepresentable; 3. The unrepresentable and the multiple; 4. "The question concerning technology": From Bohr to Heidegger and from Heidegger to Bohr; Notes; References; Part Two Bohr's Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics in Twenty-First-Century Physics
Responsibility: edited by Jan Faye and Henry J. Folse.

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"Niels Bohr and Philosophy of Physics: Twenty-First Century Perspectives examines the philosophical views, influences and legacy of the Nobel Prize physicist and philosophical spokesman of the quantum revolution, Niels Bohr.The sixteen contributions in this collection by some of the best contemporary philosophers and physicists writing on Bohr's philosophy today all carefully distinguish his subtle and unique interpretation of quantum mechanics from views often imputed to him under the banner of the "Copenhagen Interpretation.†? With respect to philosophical influences on Bohr's outlook, the contributors analyse prominent similarities between his viewpoint and Kantian ways of thinking, the views of the Danish philosopher Harald Høffding, and themes characteristic of American pragmatism. In recognizing the importance of Bohr's epistemological naturalism they examine his defence of the indispensability of classical concepts from a variety of different perspectives. This collection shows us that Bohr's interpretation of quantum mechanics, now nearly a century old, still has the power to shed light on a variety of issues that have arisen only since his lifetime, as well as decoherence theory and other non-collapse interpretations. Balancing historical themes with contemporary discussions, Niels Bohr and the Philosophy of Physics establishes Bohr's on-going contribution to the philosophy of physics and examines his place in the history of philosophy."--

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