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The Paraconsistent Logic of Quantum Superpositions

da Costa, Newton C. A. and de Ronde, Christian (2013) The Paraconsistent Logic of Quantum Superpositions. Foundations of Physics.

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Physical superpositions exist both in classical and in quantum physics. However, what is exactly meant by ‘superposition’ in each case is extremely different. In this paper we discuss some of the multiple interpretations which exist in the literature regarding superpositions in quantum mechanics. We argue that all these interpretations have something in common: they all attempt to avoid ‘contradiction’. We argue in this paper, in favor of the importance of developing a new interpretation of superpositions which takes into account contradic- tion, as a key element of the formal structure of the theory, “right from the start”. In order to show the feasibility of our interpretational project we present an outline of a paraconsistent approach to quantum superpositions which attempts to account for the contradictory properties present in general within quantum superpositions. This approach must not be understood as a closed formal and conceptual scheme but rather as a first step towards a different type of understanding regarding quantum superpositions.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
da Costa, Newton C. A.
de Ronde, Christian
Keywords: quantum superposition, paraconsistent logic, interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Christian de Ronde
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2013 15:03
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2013 15:03
Item ID: 9831
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Physics
Publisher: Springer
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 18 May 2013

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