Quantum Mechanics and Metaphysical Indeterminacy

Darby, George (2010) Quantum Mechanics and Metaphysical Indeterminacy. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 88 (2). pp. 227-245. ISSN 0004-8402. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: George Darby
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 10:53
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2011 12:01
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27956 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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