The World in the Wave Function: A Metaphysics for Quantum Physics
If quantum theories of the world are true-and empirical evidence suggests they are-what do they tell us about us, and the world? How should quantum theories make us reevaluate our classical conceptions of material objects? Nearly a century after the development of quantum theories, a consensus
has yet to emerge. Many still wonder about what these theories may be telling us about ourselves and our place in the universe.
Alyssa Ney here defends and develops a particular framework for understanding the world as it is described by quantum theories. This framework was initially suggested by Schrödinger in the 1920's and was further defended as an account of reality by two philosophers of physics in the 1990's who
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1 A Preliminary Case for Wave Function Realism
2 The Argument from Entanglement
3 The Virtues of Separability and Locality
4 Wave Function Realism in a Relativistic Setting
5 Must an Ontology for Quantum Theories Contain Local Beables?
6 The Causal Role of Macroscopic Objects