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Maudlin's Challenge Revisited

Lewis, Peter J. (2011) Maudlin's Challenge Revisited. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    In 1994, Maudlin proposed proposed an objection to the transactional interpretation (TI), involving an absorber that changes location depending on the trajectory of the particle. Maudlin considered this objection fatal. However, the TI did not die; rather, a number of responses were developed, some attempting to accommodate Maudlin's example within the existing TI, and others modifying the TI. I argue that none of these responses is fully adequate. The reason, I submit, is that there are two aspects to Maudlin's objection; the more readily soluble aspect has received all the attention, but the more problematic aspect has gone unnoticed. I consider the prospects for developing a succesful version of the TI in light of this second aspect of the objection.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: transactional interpretation, causal loop, reverse causation, time-symmetry
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Peter J. Lewis
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 07:04
    Last Modified: 27 Oct 2012 13:42
    Item ID: 8843
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8843

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