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The Quantum Revolution in Philosophy

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2018.07.38 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard Healey, The Quantum Revolution in Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2017, 288pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198714057. Reviewed by Alastair Wilson, University of Birmingham Richard Healey is not messing around. His new book on quantum theory promises to overturn most of what we thought we knew about the quantum world (spoiler alert: there is no such thing), and in the process prompt a reappraisal of long-held assumptions about explanation, causation and other core scientific concepts. Quantum theory "is a new kind of science" (p.8) that "is simply not in the business of representing what happens in the physical world" (p.3); our recognizing this fact "should prompt a reassessment of a variety of views in the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and philosophy more generally" (p.9). Extraordinary claims require extraordinary arguments, and these are a little thin on the ground in... Read. . .

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