Jeffrey Barrett
University of California, Irvine
Because of the conceptual difficulties it faces, quantum mechanics provides a salient example of how alternative metaphysical commitments may clarify our understanding of a physical theory and the explanations it provides. Here we will consider how postulating alternative quantum worlds in the context of Hugh Everett III’s pure wave mechanics may serve to explain determinate measurement records and the standard quantum statistics. We will focus on the properties of such worlds, then briefly consider other metaphysical options available for interpreting pure wave mechanics. These reflections will serve to illustrate both the nature and the limits of naturalized metaphysics.
Keywords Hugh Everett III   pure wave mechanics   many worlds interpretation   naturalized metaphysics   explanation
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DOI 10.5007/1808-1711.2016v20n1p45
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