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The Indeterminacy of Microphysical Events Bergson and Boutroux

  • Bergson
  • Boutroux
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 7)

Abstract

The impossibility of instantaneous cuts across the spatio-temporal becoming, an impossibility asserted both by Bergson and modern physics, sheds light on the last feature of the ultimate physical events postulated by Bergson: their elementary indeterminacy. The relativity theory rejected the possibility of instantaneous cuts on the macrophysical level, but remained deterministic precisely because of its macroscopic character. Quantum physics, however, since 1927 questions the possibility of instantaneous cuts even on the microphysical level as it shows itself in the second form of Heisenberg’s indeterminacy principle:

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Physical World Modern Physic Elementary Event Contemporary Physic Macroscopic Character 
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Notes

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  • Boutroux

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