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Modelling Deep Indeterminacy

Darby, George and Pickup, Martin (2019) Modelling Deep Indeterminacy. [Preprint]

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This paper constructs a model of metaphysical indeterminacy that can accommodate a kind of ‘deep’ worldly indeterminacy that arguably arises in quantum mechanics via the Kochen-Specker theorem, and that is incompatible with prominent theories of metaphysical indeterminacy such as that in Barnes and Williams (2011). We construct a variant of Barnes and Williams's theory that avoids this problem. Our version builds on situation semantics and uses incomplete, local situations rather than possible worlds to build a model. We evaluate the resulting theory and contrast it with similar alternatives, concluding that our model successfully captures deep indeterminacy.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Darby, George
Pickup, Martin0000-0001-6328-7473
Additional Information: Forthcoming at Synthese
Keywords: Metaphysical indeterminacy; deep indeterminacy; Kochen-Specker; situation semantics; indeterminacy; metaphysics of quantum mechanics
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr Martin Pickup
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2019 03:39
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2019 03:39
Item ID: 15760
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15760

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