Suárez, Mauricio (2006) Propensities in quantum mechanics. Discussion paper, Steuer, Max (ed.) DP 80/06. Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London, UK.
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I review five explicit attempts throughout the history of quantum mechanics to invoke dispositional notions in order to solve the quantum paradoxes, namely: Margenau’s latencies, Heisenberg’s potentialities, Popper’s propensity interpretation of probability, Nick Maxwell’s propensitons, and the recent selective propensities interpretation of quantum mechanics. I raise difficulties and challenges for all of them, but conclude that the selective propensities approach nicely encompasses the virtues of its predecessors. I elaborate on some of the properties of the type of propensities that I claim to be successful for quantum mechanics, and finish by briefly sketching out ways in which similar notions can be read into some of the other well-known interpretations of quantum mechanics.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Discussion Paper)|
|Additional Information:||© 2006 The Author|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
|Sets:||Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)|
|Identification Number:||DP 80/06|
|Date Deposited:||11 Mar 2011 10:38|
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