Some Comments and Reflections

  • Abner Shimony
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 226)


With the failure of the program of local hidden variables theories, it is reasonable to return to the naive view that the pure quantum state of a system gives a complete description of the (non-relational) properties of the system. If so, then this complete description is characterized by objective indefiniteness in certain respects and objective probability of the outcomes in case — somehow — the indefinite properties are actualized. Hence, the state of a physical system is not just a catalogue of actualities, as in classical physics, but is also a network of potentialities (to use Heisenberg’ s word).


Classical Physic Geometric Phasis Electron Wave Function Objective Probability Quantum Nonlocality 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Abner Shimony
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  1. 1.Departments of Philosophy and PhysicsBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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