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The Best of Many Worlds, or, is Quantum Decoherence the Manifestation of a Disposition?∗

Boge, Florian J. (2019) The Best of Many Worlds, or, is Quantum Decoherence the Manifestation of a Disposition?∗. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this paper I investigate whether the phenomenon of quantum decoherence, the vanishing of interference and detectable entanglement on quantum systems in virtue of interactions with the environment, can be understood as the
manifestation of a disposition. I will highlight the advantages of this approach as a realist interpretation of the quantum formalism, and demonstrate how such an approach can benefit from advances in the metaphysics of dispositions. I will also confront some commonalities with and differences to the many worlds interpretation, and address the difficulties induced by quantum non-locality. I conclude that there are ways to deal with these issues and that the proposal hence is an avenue worth pursuing.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Boge, Florian J.0000-0002-1030-3393
Keywords: quantum decoherence ∙ propensity interpretation of quantum theory ∙ mutual manifestation ∙ continuous manifestation
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Mr Florian Boge
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2019 04:54
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2019 04:54
Item ID: 15798
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2019.02.001
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2019.02.001
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15798

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