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Reexamining the Quantum-Classical Relation

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Reexamining the Quantum–Classical Relation
Cambridge University Press
9780521857208 - Reexamining the Quantum–Classical Relation - Beyond Reductionism and Pluralism - By Alisa Bokulich
Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction
1
1       Intertheoretic relations: Are imperialism and isolationism our only options?
4
1.1     Introduction
4
1.2     Traditional accounts of reductionism
6
1.3     Theoretical pluralism
8
1.4     The limits of the classical limit
14
1.5     Decoherence and the case of Hyperion
21
1.6     Conclusion
27
2       Heisenberg’s closed theories and pluralistic realism
29
2.1     Introduction
29
2.2     Abgeschlossene Theorie
31
2.3     Holism, incommensurability, and revolutionary theory change
34
2.4     Theoretical pluralism and realism
38
2.5     The case of Ptolemaic astronomy
42
2.6     The disunity of science
45
3       Dirac’s open theories and the reciprocal correspondence principle
49
3.1     Open theories
49
3.2     Structures, analogies, and the reciprocal correspondence principle
51
3.3     A gradualist model of theory change
58
3.4     Beauty and the unity of science
60
3.5     Dirac and the Einstein–Bohr debate
63
4       Bohr’s generalization of classical mechanics
73
4.1     The rise and fall of the old quantum theory
73
4.2     The correspondence principle
81
4.3     Quantum theory as a rational generalization
94
4.4     The indispensability of classical concepts
97
4.5     Is Bohr a reductionist or pluralist?
99
4.6     Conclusion
101
5       Semiclassical mechanics: Putting quantum flesh on classical bones
104
5.1     Introduction
104
5.2     A phoenix from the ashes: Semiclassical mechanics
106
5.3     The helium atom solved
110
5.4     Rydberg atoms and electron trajectories
114
5.5     Wavefunction scars and periodic orbits
125
5.6     Conclusion
130
6       Can classical structures explain quantum phenomena?
135
6.1     Introduction
135
6.2     The reality and explanatory power of classical trajectories
137
6.3     Three kinds of model explanations
140
6.4     A general account of model explanations
144
6.5     From structural explanations to structural model explanations
147
6.6     Putting understanding back into explanation
151
7       A structural approach to intertheoretic relations
156
7.1     The challenge of semiclassical mechanics: Reassessing the views
156
7.2     Structural realism without realism … or antirealism
164
7.3     Beyond reductionism and pluralism: Interstructuralism
171
7.4     Conclusion
174
References
177
Index
191



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