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Betting on Quantum Objects

Steeger, Jeremy (2017) Betting on Quantum Objects. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Dutch book arguments have been applied to beliefs about the outcomes of measurements of quantum systems, but not to beliefs about quantum objects prior to measurement. In this paper, we prove a quantum version of the probabilists' Dutch book theorem that applies to both sorts of beliefs: roughly, if ideal beliefs are given by vector states, all and only Born-rule probabilities avoid Dutch books. This theorem and associated results have implications for operational and realist interpretations of the logic of a Hilbert lattice. In the latter case, we show that the defenders of the eigenstate-value orthodoxy face a trilemma. Those who favor vague properties avoid the trilemma, admitting all and only those beliefs about quantum objects that avoid Dutch books.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Steeger, Jeremyjsteeger@nd.edu0000-0003-2771-4145
Keywords: Dutch book arguments; Hilbert lattice; quantum logic; eigenstate-value link; vague properties
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Jeremy Steeger
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 13:09
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 15:22
Item ID: 13247
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Logic
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 18 July 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13247

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