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Modality, Potentiality and Contradiction in Quantum Mechanics

de Ronde, Christian (2014) Modality, Potentiality and Contradiction in Quantum Mechanics. [Preprint]


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In [9], Newton da Costa together with the author of this paper argued in favor of the possibility to consider quantum superpositions in terms of a paraconsistent approach. We claimed that, even though most interpretations of quantum mechanics (QM) attempt to escape contradictions, there are many hints that indicate it could be worth while to engage in a research of this kind. Recently, Arenhart and Krause [1, 2, 3] have raised several arguments against this approach and claimed that —taking into account the square of opposition— quantum superpositions are better understood in terms of contrariety propositions rather than contradictory propositions. In [14] we defended the Paraconsistent Approach to Quantum Superpositions (PAQS) and provided arguments in favor of its development. In the present paper we attempt to analyze the meanings of modality, potentiality and contradiction in QM, and provide further arguments of why the PAQS is better suited, than the Contrariety Approach to Quantum Superpositions (CAQS) proposed by Arenhart and Krause, to face the interpretational questions that quantum technology is forcing us to consider.

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Item Type: Preprint
de Ronde,
Keywords: Quantum superposition, square of opposition, modality, potentiality, contradiction.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Christian de Ronde
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2014 13:28
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2014 13:28
Item ID: 10818
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: July 2014

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