The Nature of Contingency: Quantum Physics as Modal Realism

Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press (2020)

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Alastair Wilson
University of Birmingham
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This book defends a radical new theory of contingency as a physical phenomenon. Drawing on the many-worlds approach, it argues that quantum theories are best understood as telling us about the space of genuine possibilities, rather than as telling us solely about actuality.
Keywords contingency  necessity  possibility  actuality  chance  counterfactuals  causation  modality  conceivability  metaphysics  physics
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