PhilSci Archive

Retrocausal Quantum Mechanics: Maudlin's Challenge Revisited

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

WarningThere is a more recent version of this item available.
[img]
Preview
PDF
Download (231Kb) | Preview

    Abstract

    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.


    Export/Citation:EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
    Social Networking:

    Item Type: Preprint
    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 13:42
    Last Modified: 14 Sep 2013 08:49
    Item ID: 9385
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9385

    Available Versions of this Item

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads