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Johntology: Participatory Realism and its Problems

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A new term has entered into the lexicon of quantum mechanical interpretation: \participatory realism" (a term coined by Chris Fuchs to describe his own QBism, borrowing from John Wheeler's later participatory universe ideas). This paper brie y explores this idea and the extent to which sense can be made of its claims of realism. I find that attempts to render it into a realist stance hark back to Max Born's broadly structuralist idea that there are objective invariants within the apparently ineffable quantum world.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: History and Philosophy of Science University of Sydney, Australia and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study Wallenberg Research Centre at Stellenbosch University Stellenbosch, South Africa :

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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