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Retrocausal Quantum Mechanics: Maudlin's Challenge Revisited

Lewis, Peter J. (2012) Retrocausal Quantum Mechanics: Maudlin's Challenge Revisited. [Preprint]

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In 1994, Maudlin proposed an objection to retrocausal approaches to quantum mechanics in general, and to the transactional interpretation (TI) in particular, 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 retrocausal quantum theory in light of this second aspect of the objection.

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Item Type: Preprint
Lewis, Peter
Keywords: transactional interpretation, retrocausal quantum theory, time-symmetric quantum theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Peter J. Lewis
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2012 17:42
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 15:55
Item ID: 9385

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