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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Title

Kantian causality and quantum quarks: The compatibility between quantum mechanics and Kant’s phenomenal world

Language

English

Abstract

Quantum indeterminism seems incompatible with Kant's defense of causality in his Second Analogy. The Copenhagen interpretation also takes quantum theory as evidence for anti-realism. This article argues that the law of causality, as transcendental, applies only to the world as observable, not to hypothetical (unobservable) objects such as quarks, detectable only by high energy accelerators. Taking Planck's constant and the speed of light as the lower and upper bounds of observability provides a way of interpreting the observables of quantum mechanics as empirically real even though they are transcendentally (i.e., preobservationally) ideal.

Keywords

Copenhagen interpretation, Indeterminism, Kant, Law of causality, Perspectives, Quantum theory, Transcendental idealism

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Theoria

Volume

28

Issue

2

Start Page

283

End Page

302

Publisher

University of the Basque Country

ISSN (print)

04954548

ISSN (electronic)

2171679X

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