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The relation between classical and quantum mechanics

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This thesis examines the relation between classical and quantum mechanics from philosophical, mathematical and physical standpoints.

It first presents arguments in support of "conjectural realism" in scientific theories distinguished by explicit contextual structure and empirical testability; and it analyses intertheoretic reduction in terms of weakly equivalent theories over a domain of applicability.

Familiar formulations of classical and quantum mechanics are shown to f...

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DPhil
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University of Oxford
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