Topoi 34 (2):379-386 (2015)

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J.e. Wolff
University of Edinburgh
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In this paper I aim to answer two questions: Can spin be treated as a determinable? Can a treatment of spin as a determinable be used to understand quantum indeterminacy? In response to the first question I show that the relations among spin number, spin components and spin values cannot be captured by a single determination relation; instead we need to look at spin number and spin value separately. In response to the second question I discuss three ways in which the determinables model might be modified to account for indeterminacy, and argue that none of them is fully successful in helping us to understand quantum indeterminacy
Keywords Spin  Quantum mechanics  Determinables and determinates  Properties  Metaphysical indeterminacy
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