Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

2016.10.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter J. Lewis, Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics, Oxford University Press, 2016, 207pp., $35.00
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2016.10.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter J. Lewis, Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics, Oxford University Press, 2016, 207pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780190469818. Reviewed by Charles T. Sebens, University of California, San Diego The revolution in physics that brought us to a quantum picture of the world was so radical that it does not merely force a rethinking of physics, but metaphysics as well. Quantum physics may imply that the world is fundamentally indeterministic, that it is fundamentally indeterminate, that causes are not always local to their effects, that there are many more than three spatial dimensions, that wholes are not simply sums of their parts, that our world is just one among many, etc. According to Peter J. Lewis, "we can say quite confidently that quantum mechanics is metaphysically revisionary even if it is not clear what form the revisions should take." (p. xvii) The reason it is so hard to. . .

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