### Abstract

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Handbook of quantum logic and quantum structures |

Subtitle of host publication | quantum logic |

Editors | Kurt Engesser, Dov Gabbay, Daniel Lehmann |

Place of Publication | Amsterdam |

Publisher | Elsevier |

Pages | 49-78 |

Number of pages | 30 |

ISBN (Print) | 9780444528698 , 0444528695 |

Publication status | Published - 26 Nov 2009 |

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### Keywords

- quantum logic
- empirical logic

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*Handbook of quantum logic and quantum structures: quantum logic*(pp. 49-78). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

**Is Logic Empirical?** / Bacciagaluppi, Guido.

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*Handbook of quantum logic and quantum structures: quantum logic.*Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 49-78.

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TY - CHAP

T1 - Is Logic Empirical?

AU - Bacciagaluppi, Guido

PY - 2009/11/26

Y1 - 2009/11/26

N2 - The philosophical debate about quantum logic between the late 1960s and the early 1980s was generated mainly by Putnam's claims that quantum mechanics empirically motivates introducing a new form of logic, that such an empirically founded quantum logic is the `true' logic, and that adopting quantum logic would resolve all the paradoxes of quantum mechanics. Most of that debate focussed on the latter claim, reaching the conclusion that it was mistaken. This chapter will attempt to clarify the possible misunderstandings surrounding the more radical claims about the revision of logic, assessing them in particular both in the context of more general quantum-like theories (in the framework of von Neumann algebras), and against the background of the current state of play in the philosophy and interpretation of quantum mechanics. Characteristically, the conclusions that might be drawn depend crucially on which of the currently proposed solutions to the measurement problem is adopted.

AB - The philosophical debate about quantum logic between the late 1960s and the early 1980s was generated mainly by Putnam's claims that quantum mechanics empirically motivates introducing a new form of logic, that such an empirically founded quantum logic is the `true' logic, and that adopting quantum logic would resolve all the paradoxes of quantum mechanics. Most of that debate focussed on the latter claim, reaching the conclusion that it was mistaken. This chapter will attempt to clarify the possible misunderstandings surrounding the more radical claims about the revision of logic, assessing them in particular both in the context of more general quantum-like theories (in the framework of von Neumann algebras), and against the background of the current state of play in the philosophy and interpretation of quantum mechanics. Characteristically, the conclusions that might be drawn depend crucially on which of the currently proposed solutions to the measurement problem is adopted.

KW - quantum logic

KW - empirical logic

M3 - Chapter

SN - 9780444528698

SN - 0444528695

SP - 49

EP - 78

BT - Handbook of quantum logic and quantum structures

A2 - Engesser, Kurt

A2 - Gabbay, Dov

A2 - Lehmann, Daniel

PB - Elsevier

CY - Amsterdam

ER -