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Quantum selections, propensities and the problem of measurement

Suárez, Mauricio (2004) Quantum selections, propensities and the problem of measurement. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 55 (2). pp. 219-255. ISSN 0007-0882

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Identification Number: 10.1093/bjps/55.2.219


This paper expands on, and provides a qualified defence of, Arthur Fine's selective interactions solution to the measurement problem. Fine's approach must be understood against the background of the insolubility proof of the quantum measurement. I first defend the proof as an appropriate formal representation of the quantum measurement problem. The nature of selective interactions, and more generally selections, is then clarified, and three arguments in their favour are offered. First, selections provide the only known solution to the measurement problem that does not relinquish any of the explicit premises of the insolubility proofs. Second, unlike some no-collapse interpretations of quantum mechanics, selections suffer no difficulties with non-ideal measurements. Third, unlike most collapse interpretations, selections can be independently motivated by an appeal to quantum propensities.

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Additional Information: © 2004 British Society for the Philosophy of Science
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 15:57
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2024 17:39

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