Measurement, Unitarity, and Laws
In the first section of this paper, I first describe the measurement problem as a background to discussing Cartwright’s approach to it. This discussion prompts an examination of her general views on theoretical laws, theoretical entities and explanation, as expounded in her recent papers (1980, 1980a, 1980b, 1980c). So in the second section, I report and then discuss these views.
KeywordsPure State Causal Explanation Hide Variable Unitary Evolution Unit ARITY
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