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Discussion: Time-Symmetric Quantum Counterfactuals

Vaidman, Lev (2003) Discussion: Time-Symmetric Quantum Counterfactuals. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    There is a trend to consider counterfactuals as invariably time-asymmetric. Recently, this trend manifested itself in the controversy about validity of counterfactual application of a time-symmetric quantum probability rule. Kastner (2003) analyzed this controversy and concluded that there are time-symmetric quantum counterfactuals which are consistent, but they turn out to be trivial. I correct Kastner's misquotation of my defense of time-symmetric quantum counterfactuals and explain their non-trivial aspects, thus contesting the claim that counterfactuals have to be time-asymmetric.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Commentary on: Kastner, Ruth(2002) The Nature of the Controversy Over Time-Symmetric Quantum Counterfactuals. [Preprint]
    Keywords: Time symmetry, counterfactuals, probability, quantum
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Lev Vaidman
    Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1108
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1108

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