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The paradoxes of quantum theory: solving vs. dissolving

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The paradoxes of measurement and non-locality are widely regarded as the most important difficulties in the foundations of quantum theory. In this talk, I first give an introduction to these paradoxes by explaining how they arise in a standard reading of the quantum theoretical formalism. I then classify the responses to them which interpreters have developed as solutions on the one hand – rejecting one of the assumptions required to derive the paradoxes as wrong – and dissolutions on the other – rejecting one of these assumptions as being based on mistaken conceptual presuppositions. An example of an account which aims at a dissolution in that sense is outlined and discussed.

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