Quantum Mechanics for Event Ontologists

Publication Year:
2014
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10783
Author(s):
Pashby, Thomas
conference paper description
In an event ontology, matter is 'made up of' events. This provides a distinctive foil to the standard view of a quantum state in terms of properties possessed by a system. Here I provide an argument against the standard view and suggest instead a way to conceive of quantum mechanics in terms of probabilities for the occurrence of events localized in space and time. To that end I construct an appropriate probability space for these events and give a way to calculate them as conditional probabilities. I suggest that these probabilities can be usefully thought of as Lewisian objective chances.