• What is Quantum Information? (edited book)
    with Sebastian Fortin, Federico Holik, and Cristian López
    CUP. 2017.
    Combining physics and philosophy, this is a uniquely interdisciplinary examination of quantum information science. Suitable as both a discussion of the conceptual and philosophical problems of this field and a comprehensive stand-alone introduction, this book will benefit both experienced and new researchers in quantum information and the philosophy of physics.
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    Is the problem of molecular structure just the quantum measurement problem?
    with Sebastian Fortin
    Foundations of Chemistry 1-17. forthcoming.
    In a recent article entitled “The problem of molecular structure just is the measurement problem”, Alexander Franklin and Vanessa Seifert argue that insofar as the quantum measurement problem is solved, the problems of molecular structure are resolved as well. The purpose of the present article is to show that such a claim is too optimistic. Although the solution of the quantum measurement problem is relevant to how the problem of molecular structure is faced, such a solution is not sufficient t…Read more
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    The Frauchiger-Renner argument: A new no-go result?
    with Sebastian Fortin
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 70 1-7. 2020.
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    The relationship between chemistry and physics from the perspective of Bohmian mechanics
    with Juan González and Sebastian Fortin
    Foundations of Chemistry 19 (1): 43-59. 2017.
    Although during the last decades the philosophy of chemistry has greatly extended its thematic scope, the main difficulties appear in the attempt to link the chemical description of atoms and molecules and the description supplied by quantum mechanics. The aim of this paper is to analyze how the difficulties that threaten the continuous conceptual link between molecular chemistry and quantum mechanics can be overcome or, at least, moderated from the perspective of BM. With this purpose, in “The …Read more
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    What is information?
    Foundations of Science 9 (2): 105-134. 2004.
    The main aim of this work is to contribute tothe elucidation of the concept of informationby comparing three different views about thismatter: the view of Fred Dretske's semantictheory of information, the perspective adoptedby Peter Kosso in his interaction-informationaccount of scientific observation, and thesyntactic approach of Thomas Cover and JoyThomas. We will see that these views involvevery different concepts of information, eachone useful in its own field of application. This comparison…Read more
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    Two-step emergence: the quantum theory of atoms in molecules as a bridge between quantum mechanics and molecular chemistry
    with Chérif F. Matta and Jesús Jaimes Arriaga
    Foundations of Chemistry 22 (1): 107-129. 2020.
    By moving away from the traditional reductionist reading of the quantum theory of atoms in molecules, in this paper we analyze the role played by QTAIM in the relationship between molecular chemistry and quantum mechanics from an emergentist perspective. In particular, we show that such a relationship involves two steps: an intra-domain emergence and an inter-domain emergence. Intra-domain emergence, internal to quantum mechanics, results from the fact that the electron density, from which all t…Read more
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    Hacia una interpretación fisico-causal de la información en contextos comunicacionales
    with Cristian Ariel López
    Critica 50 (149): 59-88. 2018.
    El objetivo del presente artículo es proponer una nueva interpretación del concepto de información en contextos comunicacionales: una interpretación físicocausal. Apelando a las teorías manipulabilistas de la causación, principalmente en su versión intervencionista, buscaremos mostrar que la información comunicacional es una propiedad física que podemos manipular para generar situaciones comunicacionales. Este enfoque nos permite entender la naturaleza de la comunicación como estructura causal, …Read more
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    The ontological autonomy of the chemical world
    with Martín Labarca
    Foundations of Chemistry 7 (2): 125-148. 2004.
    In the problem of the relationship between chemistry and physics, many authors take for granted the ontological reduction of the chemical world to the world of physics. The autonomy of chemistry is usually defended on the basis of the failure of epistemological reduction: not all chemical concepts and laws can be derived from the theoretical framework of physics. The main aim of this paper is to argue that this line of argumentation is not strong enough for eliminate the idea of a hierarchical d…Read more
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    Classical and quantum information: two kinds of information?
    with Cristian López
    Scientiae Studia 13 (1): 143-174. 2015.
    El presente artículo busca ofrecer un análisis conceptual de la noción de información, a partir del modo en que es definida por las teorías formales de Claude Shannon y de Benjamin Schumacher. Contra la postura según la cual existen dos tipos de información de naturalezas diferentes, una información clásica y una información cuántica, aquí argumentamos que no hay razones suficientes para sostener la existencia de la información cuántica como un nuevo tipo sustancialmente distinto de información.…Read more
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    In this work we will deal only with the concept of information in the communicational context, in which information is primarily something that has to be transmitted for communication purposes. The aim of the paper is to consider some arguments traditionally put forward to support the idea that quantum information is qualitatively different than classical information. On the basis of the analysis of those arguments, we will conclude that there are no reasons to admit the existence of quantum inf…Read more
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    Timpson’s deflationary view of information is an innovative and well articulated view that had a great impact on the philosophy of physics community. However, recently some of the arguments supporting the deflationist view have been critically reviewed. The aim of this paper is to retain the general idea behind Timpson’s proposal, but replacing the conflictive elements used to support his thesis with new argumentative resources based on the notion of manipulability.
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    The modal-Hamiltonian interpretation and the Galilean covariance of quantum mechanics
    with Mario Castagnino and Juan Sebastián Ardenghi
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 41 (2): 93-103. 2010.
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    The ontological autonomy of the chemical world: A response to Needham (review)
    with Martín Labarca
    Foundations of Chemistry 8 (1): 81-92. 2006.
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    ¿Qué son los objetos del Tractatus?
    Revista de Filosofía (Madrid) 21 (1): 55. 1999.
    Sin resumen
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    The modal-Hamiltonian interpretation and the Galilean covariance of quantum mechanics
    with Mario Castagnino and Juan Sebastián Ardenghi
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 41 (2): 93-103. 2010.
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    The problem of identifying the system and the environment in the phenomenon of decoherence
    with Sebastian Fortin and Mario Castagnino
    In Henk W. de Regt (ed.), Epsa Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009, Springer. pp. 161--174. 2010.
    According to the environment-induced approach to decoherence, the split of the Universe into the degrees of freedom which are of direct interest to the observer and the remaining degrees of freedom is absolutely essential for decoherence. However, the EID approach offers no general criterion for deciding where to place the “cut” between system and environment: the environment may be “external” or “internal”. The main purpose of this paper is to argue that decoherence is a relative phenomenon, be…Read more
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    Histories in quantum mechanics: distinguishing between formalism and interpretation
    with Marcelo Losada
    European Journal for Philosophy of Science 8 (3): 367-394. 2018.
    In spite of being a well articulated proposal, the theory of quantum histories, in its different versions, suffers from certain difficulties that have been pointed out in the literature. Nevertheless, two facets of the proposal have not been sufficiently stressed. On the one hand, it is a non-collapse formalism that should be technically appropriate to supply descriptions based on quantum properties at different times. On the other hand, it intends to provide an interpretation of quantum mechani…Read more
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    The modal-Hamiltonian interpretation and the Galilean covariance of quantum mechanics
    with Mario Castagnino and Juan Sebastián Ardenghi
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 41 (2): 93-103. 2010.
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    The core of the environment-induced decoherence program relies on the interaction between the system and its environment; this interaction leads interference to vanish with respect to a definite “preferred basis”. On the other hand, modal interpretations of quantum mechanics supply criteria to select the “preferred context”, where observables acquire definite values. The purpose of this paper is to show the compatibility between the modal interpretative framework and the results of the decoheren…Read more
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    Prigogine and the many voices of nature
    Foundations of Chemistry 14 (3): 205-219. 2012.
    Ilya Prigogine was not a systematic author: his ideas, covering a wide arch of areas, are dispersed in his many writings. In particular, his philosophical thought has to be reconstructed mainly on the basis of his works in collaboration with Isabelle Stengers: La Nouvelle Alliance ( 1979 ), Order out of Chaos ( 1984 ), and Entre le Temps et l’Éternité ( 1988 ). In this paper I undertake that reconstruction in order to argue that Prigogine’s position, when read in the light of Putnam’s internalis…Read more
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    Prigogine: ciencia y realidad
    Critica 30 (90): 47-75. 1998.
  • Quantum Worlds. Different Perspectives about the ontology of quantum mechanics (edited book)
    with Sebastian Fortin, Cristian López, and Frederico Holik
    Cambridge University Press. forthcoming.
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    We propose a new quantum ontology, in which properties are the fundamental building blocks. In this property ontology physical systems are defined as bundles of type-properties. Not all elements of such bundles are associated with definite case-properties, and this accommodates the Kochen and Specker theorem and contextuality. Moreover, we do not attribute an identity to the type-properties, which gives rise to a novel form of the bundle theory. There are no “particles” in the sense of classical…Read more
  • Prigogine y la transformación del panadero
    Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofia 25 (1): 69-86. 1999.
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    El propósito del presente artículo es evaluar en qué sentido y bajo qué condiciones la ergodicidad es relevante para explicar el éxito de la mecánica estadística. Se objeta la positión de quienes sostienen que la ergodicidad es irrelevante para tal explicatión, y se señala que las propiedades ergódicas desempeñan diferentes papeles en la mecánica estadística del equilibrio y en la descriptión de la evolución hacia el equilibrio: es posible prescindir de la ergodicidad en el primer caso pero no e…Read more
  • Observación e información
    Analogía Filosófica 15 (2): 29-60. 2001.
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    No information without manipulation
    with Cristian López and Sebastian Fortin
    The aim of the present paper is to supply an elucidation of the concept of information in the communicational context. For this purpose, two traditional interpretations of the concept of information, the epistemic and the physical interpretations, will be distinguished, and their specific problems will be considered. In particular, whereas the epistemic interpretation misses an essential feature of communication, the physical interpretation faces difficulties in the quantum domain. The final goa…Read more
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    Los enfoques de Boltzmann y Gibbs frente al problema de la irreversibilidad
    with Martín Labarca
    Critica 37 (111): 39-81. 2005.
    El objetivo del presente trabajo consiste en analizar las diferencias entre los enfoques de Boltzmann y de Gibbs respecto del problema de la irreversibilidad. Dicho análisis nos permitirá poner de manifiesto que, en las discusiones acerca de las condiciones necesarias para la irreversibilidad, no suele advertirse que la diferencia central entre los dos enfoques consiste en la utilización de diferentes conceptos de equilibrio y, por tanto, de irreversibilidad. Finalmente se argumentará que, si bi…Read more