Quantum realism: Naïveté is no excuse

Richard Healey

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The work of Gleason and of Kochen and Specker has been thought to refute a naïve realist approach to quantum mechanics. The argument of this paper substantially bears out this conclusion. The assumptions required by their work are not arbitrary, but have sound theoretical justification. Moreover, if they are false, there seems no reason why their falsity should not be demonstrable in some sufficiently ingenious experiment. Suitably interpreted, the work of Bell and Wigner may be seen to yield independent arguments for the falsity of naïve realistic approach to quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is no more like classical statistical mechanics than its creators thought it was.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-144
Number of pages24
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • General Social Sciences


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