A Superluminal and Local-Causal Physical Ontology
Chapter 2. Recent Causal Realism in Quantum Physics
I base this short literature review of QM causalism and realism for the most part on physicists and philosophers of physics who favour causalism in QM. I use their works to clarify my viewpoints about the status of QM causality by studying (1) primarily the views of some recent QM physicists and philosophers like Peter J. Riggs, Christopher Norris and related authors in the following two sub-sections; and (2) secondarily, within those two sub-sections, the views of Isaac Newton, Norman Robert Campbell, Carl Hempel, Mario Bunge, Brian Skyrms, Roger Newton, William Wallace, David Bohm, Robert Wyatt, David Deutsch, Bruce Colin, Phil Dow, J. S. Bell, Robert Brandom, Hugh Everett III, etc.
First I introduce under the next sub-section arguments from the first few chapters of Riggs’ 2009 work, Quantum Causality: Conceptual Issues in the Causal Theory of Quantum Mechanics, interspersed with supportive citations and discussions from related authors, and evaluate their contribution to facilitate the causal realistic vantage to be gained in later chapters in favour of ubiquity or all-pervasiveness of causality in QM. I appropriate Riggs’ and other physicists’ understanding and interpretation critically, and not make re-statements or summaries.
Then I move, in the sub-section thereafter, to a discussion of quantum realism in Christopher Norris and a group of similar thinkers. I introduce his Quantum Theory and the Flight from Realism and some related thinkers’ works from the point of view of the realism that underlies QM causalism. Since I find the main ideas of...
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