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Can Transactional Description of Quantum-Mechanical Reality be Considered Complete?

Lewis, Peter J. (2010) Can Transactional Description of Quantum-Mechanical Reality be Considered Complete? In: [2010] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 22nd Biennial Mtg (Montréal, QC) > PSA 2010 Contributed Papers.

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    The Transactional Interpretation of quantum mechanics is a promising way of fulfilling Einstein’s vision of a completed quantum mechanics. However, it has received forceful criticism from Maudlin. Indeed, I shall argue that the force of Maudlin’s criticisms has been underestimated, and that none of the extant responses are adequate. An adequate response, I contend, requires reconceptualizing the kinds of explanations the Transactional Interpretation gives. I sketch such a reinterpretation and argue that it does not fall prey to Maudlin’s objections. However, there remain significant obstacles in the way of formulating a fully adequate version of the Transactional Interpretation.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Transactional interpretations, Cramer, hidden variables, backwards causation, Maudlin
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2010] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 22nd Biennial Mtg (Montréal, QC) > PSA 2010 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Peter J. Lewis
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2010 12:41
    Last Modified: 04 Nov 2010 12:41
    Item ID: 8371
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8371

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