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Modal approaches in metaphysics and quantum mechanics

Terekhovich, Vladislav E. (2015) Modal approaches in metaphysics and quantum mechanics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Some interpretations of quantum mechanics use notions of possible states and possible trajectories. We investigate how this modal approach correlates with several metaphysical conceptions of a transition from potential to actual existence. The comparison is based on a discussion in contemporary analytic metaphysics of modality. We also consider an analogy between Leibniz’s theory of the possibilities striving towards existence, wave mechanics of Schrödinger, and Feynman path integral.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Terekhovich, Vladislav E. v.terekhovich@gmail.com
Additional Information: This text is translated from the Russian original paper that will be published in Almanac “Metaphysics. Century XXI” (BINOM, Moscow)
Keywords: modal metaphysics, interpretation of quantum mechanics, possible quantum states, potential existence, possibility, actuality
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Mr. Vladislav Terekhovich
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 16:17
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 16:17
Item ID: 11319
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 15 January 2015
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11319

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