Axiomathes https://doi.org/10.1007/s10516-018-9382-6 ORIGINAL PAPER Is Einstein’s Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Ψ‑Epistemic? 1 1 1 Vincenzo Fano · Giovanni Macchia · Gino Tarozzi Received: 26 November 2017 / Accepted: 20 May 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Harrigan and Spekkens (Found Phys 40:125–157, 2010), introduced the influential notion of an ontological model of operational quantum theory. Ontologi - cal models can be either “epistemic” or “ontic.” According to the two scholars, Ein- stein would have been one of the first to propose an epistemic interpretation of quan - tum mechanics. Pusey et al. (Nat Phys 8:475–478, 2012) showed that an epistemic interpretation of quantum theory is impossible, so implying that Einstein had been refuted. We discuss in detail Einstein’s arguments against the standard interpretation of QM, proving that there is a misunderstanding in Harrigan and Spekkens’ attribu- tion of an epistemic perspective to Einstein, whose point of view was actually statis- tical, but in a quasi-classical sense. Keywords Einstein · Harrigan and Spekkens · Incompleteness · Pusey, Barrett and Rudolph · Quantum state There have been many attempts to realistically interpret the wave function: many worlds, Bohmian, GRW at least (Albert and Ney 2013). None of these are generally accepted or devoid of
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