The aim of the present paper is to show that anti-realism in science, which has arguably become more fashionable in recent years, contrary to what its proponents assert, cannot make use of quantum mechanics and its impressive achievements as a trump card in justifying its claims. I will argue that scientific anti-realism far from providing scientific community with a progressive methodological framework is as restrictive approach which would hamper scientific progress. Focusing on the historical evidence of the ways in which quantum mechanics was developed, I will further argue that the orthodox interpretation of quantum mechanics due to Bohr and Heisenberg, among others, with its in—built anti-realistic elements provides a damning verdict against the claims of anti-realists. Following a critical assessment of a number of alternative interpretations or the calculus of quantum mechanics, I shall present realistic approaches which provide more effective and fruitful conceptual frameworks for the advancement of research in the quantum world.
STRUCTURE An argument is a structure that comprises a conclusion, namely a proposition that one wants to uphold, and some premises, as reasons to support the belief in the conclusion. Logic is about whether and how a conclusion follows from the premises. What it means for a conclusion (a certain proposition B) to follow' from … Continue reading What is an argument?
Logic is the study of the methods and principles used to distinguish between good and bad reasoning. It is a normative discipline, in the sense that it does not survey and describe how we actually reason (which is the job of the psychologist) but what we should do in reasoning. Reasoning concerns arguments. Since we … Continue reading What is logic?