Actuality from Potentiality

  • Jane McDonnell


In this chapter, I am going to explore how actuality emerges from potentiality. In the last chapter I engaged in some speculative thinking about the general process but in this chapter, I want to be more specific and that will entail a retreat to a more manageable problem. I will be considering two paradigms: (1) Leibnizian possible worlds, which is rooted in classical physics, and (2) the consistent histories quantum theory of Griffiths, Gell-Mann, Hartle, and Omnès (I will refer to this as CHQT). Hence, at least initially, I will not be considering all of mathematics but merely that part which is required for these paradigms. It is a moot point how much mathematics that encompasses and I will have more to say about that at the conclusion.


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  1. 1.Philosophy Department ClaytonVictoriaAustralia

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