The wave-function as a multi-field

Original paper in Philosophy of Physics
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Abstract

It is generally argued that if the wave-function in the de Broglie–Bohm theory is a physical field, it must be a field in configuration space. Nevertheless, it is possible to interpret the wave-function as a multi-field in three-dimensional space. This approach hasn’t received the attention yet it really deserves. The aim of this paper is threefold: first, we show that the wave-function is naturally and straightforwardly construed as a multi-field; second, we show why this interpretation is superior to other interpretations discussed in the literature; third, we clarify common misconceptions.

Keywords

Bohmian mechanics de Broglie–Bohm theory Interpretation Multi-field Ontology Wave-function 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We wish to thank David Albert, Guido Bacciagaluppi, Michael Esfeld, Dustin Lazarovici, Tim Maudlin, Matteo Morganti, Travis Norsen, Andrea Oldofredi, Charles Sebens, and Tiziano Ferrando for many helpful comments on previous drafts of this paper. We also thank the audience of the 3rd Annual Conference of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science (SMS) and especially Lucas Dunlap for commenting on our paper at this event. We also thank two anonymous referees for their very detailed reviews. Davide Romano’s research was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant no. 105212_149650).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculté des Lettres, Section de PhilosophieUniversité de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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