Pragmatism, Bohr, and the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics

Maleeh, Reza and Amani, Parisa (2013) Pragmatism, Bohr, and the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 27 4: 349-363. doi:10.1080/02698595.2013.868182

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Author Maleeh, Reza
Amani, Parisa
Title Pragmatism, Bohr, and the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics
Journal name International Studies in the Philosophy of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-8595
1469-9281
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02698595.2013.868182
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 349
End page 363
Total pages 15
Place of publication Routledge
Publisher Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract In this article, we argue that although Bohr’s version of the Copenhagen interpretation is in line with several key elements of logical positivism, pragmatism is the closest approximation to a classification of the Copenhagen interpretation, whether or not pragmatists directly influenced the key figures of the interpretation. Pragmatism already encompasses important elements of operationalism and logical positivism, especially the liberalized Carnapian reading of logical positivism. We suggest that some elements of the Copenhagen interpretation, which are in line with logical positivism, are also supported by pragmatism. Some of these elements are empirical realism, fallibilism, holism, and instrumentalism. However, pragmatism goes beyond logical positivism in espousing some other key elements of the Copenhagen interpretation, though imperfectly, such as the correspondence principle, complementarity, and indeterminism.
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