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Quantum propensities

Suárez, Mauricio (2007) Quantum propensities. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 38 (2). pp. 418-438. ISSN 1355-2198

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2006.12.003


This paper reviews four attempts throughout the history of quantum mechanics to explicitly employ dispositional notions in order to solve the quantum paradoxes, namely: Margenau's latencies, Heisenberg's potentialities, Maxwell's propensitons, and the recent selective propensities interpretation of quantum mechanics. Difficulties and challenges are raised for all of them, and it is concluded that the selective propensities approach nicely encompasses the virtues of its predecessors. Finally, some strategies are discussed for reading similar dispositional notions into two other well-known interpretations of quantum mechanics, namely the GRW interpretation and Bohmian mechanics.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 14:48
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2024 23:42

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