Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (2):227-245 (2010)
There has been recent interest in formulating theories of non-representational indeterminacy. The aim of this paper is to clarify the relevance of quantum mechanics to this project. Quantum-mechanical examples of vague objects have been offered by various authors, displaying indeterminate identity, in the face of the famous Evans argument that such an idea is incoherent. It has also been suggested that the quantum-mechanical treatment of state-dependent properties exhibits metaphysical indeterminacy. In both cases it is important to consider the details of the metaphysical account and the way in which the quantum phenomenon is captured within it. Indeed if we adopt a familiar way of thinking about indeterminacy and apply it in a natural way to quantum mechanics, we run into illuminating difficulties and see that the case is far less straightforward than might be hoped
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis.Steven French - 2006 - Oxford University Press.
Uniﬁed Dynamics for Microscopic and Macroscopic Systems.GianCarlo Ghirardi, Alberto Rimini & Tullio Weber - 1986 - Physical Review D 34 (D):470–491.
Citations of this work BETA
Metaphysical Indeterminacy, Properties, and Quantum Theory.Alisa Bokulich - 2014 - Res Philosophica 91 (3):449-475.
Similar books and articles
On the Classical Limit of Quantum Mechanics.Valia Allori & Nino Zanghi - 2008 - Foundations of Physics 10.1007/S10701-008-9259-4 39 (1):20-32.
Implications of Quantum Theory in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics.David Wallace - manuscript
Weak Discernibility in Quantum Mechanics: Does It Save PII?Jonas Rafael Becker Arenhart - 2013 - Axiomathes 23 (3):461-484.
Indeterminacy and the Limits of Classical Concepts: The Transformation of Heisenberg's Thought.Kristian Camilleri - 2007 - Perspectives on Science 15 (2):178-201.
Indeterminacy and Entanglement: The Challenge of Quantum Mechanics.J. Bub - 2000 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 51 (4):597-615.
Added to index2010-07-27
Total downloads131 ( #34,321 of 2,143,562 )
Recent downloads (6 months)13 ( #51,704 of 2,143,562 )
How can I increase my downloads?
There are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.