Modal approaches in metaphysics and quantum mechanics

Publication Year:
2015
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11319
Author(s):
Terekhovich, Vladislav E.
preprint description
Some interpretations of quantum mechanics use notions of possible states and possible trajectories. We investigate how this modal approach correlates with several metaphysical conceptions of a transition from potential to actual existence. The comparison is based on a discussion in contemporary analytic metaphysics of modality. We also consider an analogy between Leibniz’s theory of the possibilities striving towards existence, wave mechanics of Schrödinger, and Feynman path integral.