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Free Will in the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Baker, David John (2022) Free Will in the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. [Preprint]

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David Wallace has argued that there is no special problem for free will in the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, beyond the well-known problem of reconciling free will with physical determinism. I argue to the contrary that, on the plausible and popular ``deep self'' approach to compatibilism, the many-worlds interpretation does face a special problem. It is not clear on the many-worlds picture how our actions can issue from our most central character traits, given that copies of us in other branches are certain to act differently than we do.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Baker, David Johndjbaker@umich.edu
Keywords: quantum mechanics, many-worlds interpretation, free will, causation
Subjects: General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: David Baker
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2022 16:42
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2022 16:42
Item ID: 21451
Subjects: General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21451

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