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Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality

Simon Saunders, Jonathan Barrett, Adrian Kent, and David Wallace (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199560561
eISBN:
9780191721380
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560561.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

What does realism about the quantum state imply? What follows when quantum theory is applied without restriction, if need be, to the whole universe? These are the questions which are debated in this ... More


Many Worlds

Jeffrey Alan Barrett

in The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199247431
eISBN:
9780191697661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247431.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explains the many-worlds interpretations, particularly the DeWitt–Graham interpretation — the splitting-worlds interpretation. The splitting-worlds theory proposes that one must choose ... More


Underdetermination

Peter J. Lewis

in Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190469825
eISBN:
9780190469849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190469825.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter considers the worry that, rather than there being no description of the microworld available, there may be several competing descriptions. The problematic role of measurement in standard ... More


Indeterminacy

Peter J. Lewis

in Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190469825
eISBN:
9780190469849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190469825.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

It is often claimed that quantum mechanics entails that there is indeterminacy in the world, in the sense that physical systems can lack a precise value for a property. Indeed, a radical form of ... More


Causation

Peter J. Lewis

in Quantum Ontology: A Guide to the Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190469825
eISBN:
9780190469849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190469825.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

What are the consequences of quantum mechanics for the structure of causal explanation? It depends on the interpretation you choose. According to a hidden variable theory like Bohm’s, a measurement ... More


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