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A minimalist account of agency in physics

Barzegar, Ali and Margoni, Emilia and Oriti, Daniele (2023) A minimalist account of agency in physics. [Preprint]

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We adopt a top-down approach to agency aimed at developing a minimalist, scalable and naturalized account of it. After providing a general definition, we explore some possible extensions and refinements, domain of applicability, as well as a comparison with other recent accounts of agency, and possible objections to our proposal. With respect to what we classify as strong (such as Tononi’s) and weak (such as Rovelli’s) characterizations, our notion of agency situates itself in a middle position – our intent being precisely that of spelling out the advantages of this median account within a variety of contexts, such as the interpretation of
quantum mechanics, the debate on the nature of physical laws and Bayesianism.


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Barzegar, Alibarzegar11@gmail.com
Margoni, Emiliaemilia.margoni@phd.unipi.it0000-0002-2556-1539
Oriti, Danieledaniele.oriti@physik.lmu.de0000-0002-2004-7063
Keywords: agency, models, representation, naturalism, quantum mechanics, physical laws
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Ali Barzegar
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2023 20:21
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2023 20:21
Item ID: 22353
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 29 July 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22353

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