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Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North
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Michael Epperson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823223190

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823223190.001.0001

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Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead

Michael Epperson

Fordham University Press

Any ontological interpretation about quantum mechanics should be judged according to its coherence, logic, empirical applicability, and empirical adequacy before it becomes acceptable in the areas of human experience and theoretical background. Whitehead emphasizes that physics is the verification of his metaphysics, which is a prerequisite to the understanding of the cosmological scheme or philosophy of organism. Understandably, crossing the gap between quantum and classical notions of nature brought about the compatibility of Whitehead's cosmology and the four desiderata. If ever incompatibilities arise, Abner Shimony suggests engaging with or examining objective indefiniteness, objective chance, objective nonepistemic probability, objective entanglement, and quantum nonlocality. The fundamental aspect of the interrelatedness of coordinates from local histories comprises the whole system of historically grounded environments that is bound to the limits and consequences of time and space relativity. Although the mere connection of individual networks is already complex, the unity among the various nexuses in the larger scale can still be realized.

Keywords:   ontological interpretation, quantum mechanics, physics, metaphysics, cosmological scheme, philosophy of organism, local histories, relativity

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