Quantum Worlds

Jeffrey A. Barrett



Because of the conceptual difficulties it faces, quantum mechanics provides a salient example of how alternative metaphysical commitments may clarify our understanding of a physical theory and the explanations it provides. Here we will consider how postulating alternative quantum worlds in the context of Hugh Everett III’s pure wave mechanics may serve to explain determinate measurement records and the standard quantum statistics. We will focus on the properties of such worlds, then briefly consider other metaphysical options available for interpreting pure wave mechanics. These reflections will serve to illustrate both the nature and the limits of naturalized metaphysics.


Hugh Everett III; pure wave mechanics; many worlds interpretation; naturalized metaphysics; explanation.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1808-1711.2016v20n1p45

Copyright (c) 2016 Jeffrey A. Barrett


Principia: an internationnal journal of epistemology
Published by NEL - Epistemology and Logic Research Group
Federal University of Santa Catarina - UFSC
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Campus Reitor João David Ferreira Lima
Florianópolis, Santa Catarina - Brazil
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