Time, Quantum Mechanics, and Decoherence

Synthese 102 (2):235 - 266 (1995)
State-reduction and the notion of "actuality" are compared to "passage" through time and the notion of "the present"; already in classical relativity the latter give rise to difficulties. The solution proposed here is to treat both tense and value-definiteness as relational properties or "facts as relations"; likewise the notions of change and probability. In both cases "essential" characteristics are absent: temporal relations are tenselessly true; probabilistic relations are deterministically true. The basic ideas go back to Everett, although the technical development makes use of the decoherent histories theory of Griffiths, Omnès, and Gell-Mann and Hartle. Alternative interpretations of the decoherent histories framework are also considered
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