An Objection to the Laplacean Chalmers

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T. Parent
Virginia Tech
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I discuss David Chalmers’ “scrutability thesis,” roughly that a Laplacean intellect could know every truth about the universe from a “compact class” of basic truths. It is argued that despite Chalmers’ remarks to the contrary, the thesis is problematic owing to quantum indeterminacy. Chalmers attempts to “frontload” various principles into the compact class to help out. But though frontloading may succeed in principle, Chalmers does not frontload enough to avoid the problem.
Keywords Scrutability and Inscrutability  Quantum Mechanics  Ambitious Metaphysics  Metaontology  Metametaphysics
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DOI 10.1007/s10838-015-9308-6
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