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180169 SE History and Philosophy of Quantum Logic (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 11.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 18.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 25.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 08.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 15.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 22.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 29.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 06.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 13.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 10.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 17.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 24.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Montag 31.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Despite being a relatively active field for a good part of the last century, quantum logic has been recently characterized as a "dying area" of scientific research. The guiding idea of this advanced seminar is that, even if this is correct, there is much to learn from quantum logic, both historically and philosophically. The characterization seems, however, incorrect, for the non-classical logical rules for the behavior of particles and waves are arguably what quantum mechanics is really about.

Questions to be discussed in the seminar include the following: What motivates quantum logic? Can we read logic off from physical reality? Does quantum logic solve any quantum paradox? Is quantum logic really logic? Does it admit of a truth-functional semantics? What is its relation to classical logic? Is it a global replacement or a merely local alternative for the microworld? If the former, why does classical logic work so well in the macroworld?

Students who would like to register for this seminar should have already taken a logic course (ideally, also a seminar on the philosophy of logic) and should be relatively familiar with the philosophical problems of quantum mechanics. If either prerequisite has not yet been satisfied, students should be willing to make up for it before the start of the seminar. If need be, please contact me about this before you register.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Regular attendance and active participation in discussion (25%) and a term paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor (75%).
Detailed instructions for writing your paper will be given in the seminar.

All these evaluation components are required for successfully completing this course.
Only one unexcused absence is permitted.

Grading scale:
100-90 pts -- very good
89-80 pts -- good
79-66 pts -- satisfactory
65-51 pts -- sufficient
50-0 pts -- insufficient



Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 10.10.2022 12:28