A PACKAGE OF POSITIONS IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF PHYSICS
Dean Rickles, (ed), The Ashgate Companion to Contemporary
Philosophy of Physics, Farnham: Ashgate, 2008. Pp. 396. £65.00 HB.
By Jonathan Bain
This is a very useful and easily assimilated summary of recent work
in the philosophy of physics. It focuses on four areas: philosophy
of non-relativistic quantum mechanics (David Wallace), founda-
tions of statistical mechanics (Roman Frigg), philosophical aspects
of quantum information theory (Chris Timpson), and current
approaches to quantum gravity (Dean Rickles). The intended audi-
ence is ``beginning graduate (or advanced undergraduate) students
of philosophy and physics'', and the aim is ``to prime the budding
philosopher of physics to as advanced a level as possible without
lapsing into research writing mode'' (p. 1). Each chapter is dis-
tinctly flavoured by the particular positions its author has staked
out in the literature, and this should make the book useful to more
advanced researchers, too.
WALLACE ON QUANTUM MECHANICS
The chapter by Wallace on ‘Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics'