Epistemic Horizons and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Por • 5 jun, 2018 • Sección: Opinion

Jochen Szangolies

Abstract: In-principle restrictions on the amount of information that can be gathered about a system have been proposed as a foundational principle in several recent reconstructions of the formalism of quantum mechanics. However, it seems unclear precisely why one should be thus restricted. We investigate the notion of paradoxical self-reference as a possible origin of such epistemic horizons by means of a fixed-point theorem in Cartesian closed categories due to F. W. Lawvere that illuminates and unifies the different perspectives on self-reference.

arXiv:1805.10668v1 [quant-ph]

Quantum Physics (quant-ph); History and Philosophy of Physics (physics.hist-ph)

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