A Response to G.B. Bagci's “Ghirardi-Rimini-Weber Collapse Theory and Whiteheadian Process Philosophy”

Process Studies 38 (2):394-411 (2009)

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William Kallfelz
Mississippi State University
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I examine G.B. Bagci’s arguments for the Ghirardi-Rimini-Weber (GRW) interpretation of non-relativistic quantum mechanics as ideally suited for Whitehead’s philosophy. Much of Bagci’s claims are in response to Michael Epperson, who argues in the same vein in favor of decoherence accounts (Omnès; Zureck). Pace Epperson, I do not think that decoherence is the final arbiter here, and instead I contrast GRW with several other accounts addressing foundational problems of quantum theory (Finkelstein; Green; Peres and Terno; etc.), which also account for relativistic covariance, while GRW does not. I argue that such latter research programs align themselves in a more convincing manner with Whitehead’s scheme, in epistemic as well as metaphysical senses, than GRW
Keywords Major Philosophers  Philosophy and Religion  Religious Studies
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ISBN(s) 0360-6503
DOI 10.5840/process200938228
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