Bohm's Metaphors, Causality, and the Quantum Potential
Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy
David Bohm's interpretation of quantum mechanics yields a quantum potential, Q. In his early work, the effects of Q are understood in causal terms as acting through a real (quantum) field which pushes particles around. In his later work (with Basil Hiley), the causal understanding of Q appears to have been abandoned. The purpose of this paper is to understand how the use of certain metaphors leads Bohm away from a causal treatment of Q, and to evaluate the use of those metaphors.
Guarini, Marcello. (2003). Bohm's Metaphors, Causality, and the Quantum Potential. Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 59 (1).