On the Objectivity of the Popperian Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

  • Mirosław Zabierowski
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 160)


Popper is one of the most ardent adherents of epistemology without a knowing subject. His conception of objective knowledge has been expressed concretely in his interpretation of quantum mechanics devoid of an observer. We shall here consider his interpretation of quantum mechanics as founded on the propensity attribute of physical objects, and show that the Popperian exorcism of the observer from quantum mechanics does not have the intended effect. Thus, the Popperian propensity interpretation is neither subjectivist nor objectivist in the sense assumed by Popper. From our point of view the propensity interpretation appears to be anthropic.


Physical Object Objective Knowledge Instability Point Anthropic Principle Propensity Interpretation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mirosław Zabierowski
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  1. 1.Wroclaw Technical UniversityPoland

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