Bohr and the Measurement Problem: Moving towards Holism in Copenhagen

dc.contributor.advisorWayne, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorBenich, John Lawrence
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-16T19:41:56Z
dc.date.available2014-05-16T19:41:56Z
dc.date.copyright2014-04
dc.date.created2014-04-28
dc.date.issued2014-05-16
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Philosophyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.degree.programmePhilosophyen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is an examination of the measurement problem from within the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics where I take issue with von Neumann’s theory of measurement which argues for the subjective collapse of the wave function by a conscious observer. I argue that von Neumann’s postulate of collapse has led to several intractable philosophical and conceptual problems in its account of quantum measurement. I argue that these problems arise from von Neumann’s misreading of Bohr’s complementarity regarding the relationship between subject and object as distinct metaphysical entities. Instead, I offer a new way of defining the subject-object relation based on Don Howard’s reading of Bohr’s complementarity as subject-object nonseparability (SON). I argue that the SON principle has the potential of placing Copenhagen on more solid philosophical footing by viewing the subject-object relationship not as a causal relation, but as a relation of ontological dependence to avoid the idea of collapse altogether.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/8136
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectQuantum mechanicsen_US
dc.titleBohr and the Measurement Problem: Moving towards Holism in Copenhagenen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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