Heisenberg’s Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
Edited by Babette Babich
A contribution to continental philosophy of science, the phenomenological and hermeneutic resources applied in this book to the physical and ontological paradoxes of quantum physics, especially in connection with laboratory science and measurement, theory and model making, will enrich students of the history of science as well as those interested in different approaches to the historiography of science. University courses in the philosophy of physics will find this book indispensable as a resource and invaluable for courses in the history of science.
Chapter Seven: The Philosophical Differences Between Heisenberg and Bohr
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The Philosophical Differences Between Heisenberg and Bohr
The terms “reality,” “descriptive concept,” and “observability” had different meanings at this time for Bohr than they had for Heisenberg, indicative of deep philosophical differences.1 Bohr was of the type of a Faraday grounded in imaginatively intuitive common sense. Heisenberg was more of the type of a Maxwell or an Einstein, exploiting mathematical structures that were imaginatively unintuitive [unanschaulich] to common sense in order to uncover new and hitherto unsuspected structures in nature. Bohr and Heisenberg were by basic temperament, and at this time explicitly, moved by incompatible philosophical values.2
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