The Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

  • Dennis Dieks
  • Pieter E. Vermaas

Part of the The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Dennis Dieks, Pieter E. Vermaas
    Pages 1-7
  3. Michael Dickson, Rob Clifton
    Pages 9-47
  4. Guido Bacciagaluppi
    Pages 177-211
  5. Laura Ruetsche
    Pages 223-239
  6. Harvey Brown, Mauricio Suárez, Guido Bacciagaluppi
    Pages 289-306
  7. Bradley Monton
    Pages 307-318
  8. Jeffrey A. Barrett
    Pages 319-336
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 379-381

About this book


According to the modal interpretation, the standard mathematical framework of quantum mechanics specifies the physical magnitudes of a system, which have definite values. Probabilities are assigned to the possible values that these magnitudes may adopt. The interpretation is thus concerned with physical properties rather than with measurement results: it is a realistic interpretation (in the sense of scientific realism). One of the notable achievements of this interpretation is that it dissolves the notorious measurement problem.
The papers collected here, together with the introduction and concluding critical appraisal, explain the various forms of the modal interpretation, survey its achievements, and discuss those problems that have yet to be solved.
Audience: Philosophers of science, theoretical physicists, and graduate students in these disciplines.


coherence decoherence invariance quantum mechanics realism science

Editors and affiliations

  • Dennis Dieks
    • 1
  • Pieter E. Vermaas
    • 1
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6135-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5084-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-659X
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