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Ontological Clarity via Canonical Presentation: Electromagnetism and the Aharonov–Bohm Effect

Department of Philosophy, New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA
Entropy 2018, 20(6), 465; https://doi.org/10.3390/e20060465
Received: 8 May 2018 / Revised: 8 June 2018 / Accepted: 11 June 2018 / Published: 14 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emergent Quantum Mechanics – David Bohm Centennial Perspectives)
Quantum physics demands some radical revision of our fundamental beliefs about physical reality. We know that because there are certain verified physical phenomena—two-slit interference, the disappearance of interference upon monitoring, violations of Bell’s inequality—that have no classical analogs. But the exact nature of that revision has been under dispute since the foundation of quantum theory. I offer a method of clarifying what the commitments of a clearly formulated physical theory are, and apply it to a discussion of some options available to account for another non-classical phenomenon: the Aharonov–Bohm effect. View Full-Text
Keywords: Aharonov–Bohm effect; physical ontology; nomology; interpretation; gauge freedom; Canonical Presentation Aharonov–Bohm effect; physical ontology; nomology; interpretation; gauge freedom; Canonical Presentation
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Maudlin, T. Ontological Clarity via Canonical Presentation: Electromagnetism and the Aharonov–Bohm Effect. Entropy 2018, 20, 465.

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