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Retrocausal Quantum Mechanics: Maudlin's Challenge Revisited

Lewis, Peter J. (2013) 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 successful retrocausal quantum theory in light of this second aspect of the objection.

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Item Type: Preprint
Lewis, Peter
Keywords: Time-symmetric quantum theory, retrocausal quantum theory, transactional interpretation, contingent absorber experiments
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Peter J. Lewis
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2013 12:49
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2013 12:49
Item ID: 9999
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 23 August 2013

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