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Tense and Indeterminateness

Saunders, Simon (2000) Tense and Indeterminateness. [Preprint]


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Is tense real and objective? Can the fact that something is past, say, be wholly objective, consistent with special relativity? The answer is yes, but only so long as the distinction has no ontological ground. There is a closely related question. Is the contrast between the determinate and the indeterminate real and objective, consistent with relativity and quantum mechanics? The answer is again yes, but only if the contrast has no ontological ground. Various accounts of it are explored, according to different approaches to quantum mechanics. The Everett interpretation is much the most successful in accounting for it.

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Item Type: Preprint
Saunders, Simon
Additional Information: Published in PSA Proceedings Vol. 67, S600-11
Keywords: presentism, possibilism, Everett, quantum mechanics, special relativity, stochasticity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: simon saunders
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2005
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2241

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