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Retrocausality at no extra cost

Evans, Peter W. (2014) Retrocausality at no extra cost. Synthese. ISSN 1573-0964

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One obstacle faced by proposals of retrocausal influences in quantum mechanics is the perceived high conceptual cost of making such a proposal. I assemble here a metaphysical picture consistent with the possibility of retrocausality and not precluded by the known physical structure of our reality. This picture employs two relatively well-established positions - the block universe model of time and the interventionist account of causation - and requires the dismantling of our ordinary asymmetric causal intuition and our ordinary intuition about epistemic access to the past. The picture is then built upon an existing model of agent deliberation that permits us to strike a harmony between our causal intuitions and the fixity of the block universe view. I conclude that given the right mix of these reasonable metaphysical and epistemological ingredients there is no conceptual cost to such a retrocausal picture of quantum mechanics.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Evans, Peter W.
Keywords: Retrocausality, Temporal symmetry, Interventionism, Quantum mechanics, Bell's theorem
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Peter W. Evans
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 14:29
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2014 14:29
Item ID: 11183
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11229-014-0605-0
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: November 2014
ISSN: 1573-0964

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