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Quantum Mechanics and Perspectivalism

Dieks, Dennis (2019) Quantum Mechanics and Perspectivalism. [Preprint]


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Experimental evidence of the last decades has made the status of ``collapses of the wave function'' even more shaky than it already was on conceptual grounds: interference effects turn out to be detectable even when collapses are typically expected to occur. Non-collapse interpretations should consequently be taken seriously. In this paper we argue that such interpretations suggest a perspectivalism according to which quantum objects are not characterized by monadic properties, but by relations to other systems. Accordingly, physical systems may possess different properties with respect to different ``reference systems''. We discuss some of the relevant arguments, and argue that perspectivalism both evades recent arguments that single-world interpretations are inconsistent and eliminates the need for a privileged rest frame in the relativistic case.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Revised version of draft from January 2018
Keywords: Perspectivalism, Quantum Mechanics, Frauchiger and Renner, Relativity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dennis Dieks
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2019 02:57
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2019 02:57
Item ID: 15566
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 6 January 2019

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