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Karen Bennett and Dean W. Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198828198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198828198.001.0001

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Fragmenting the Wave Function

Fragmenting the Wave Function

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Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Volume 11

Jonathan Simon

Oxford University Press

This paper develops and defends a new account of B-theoretic endurantism and a new account of the metaphysics of the quantum state, and highlights the parallels between the considerations that motivate them. These new accounts are both fragmentalist, in the sense that they follow Fine (2005) in invoking a symmetric coordination relation between facts, such that facts that are pairwise incompatible (like Hugh?s being happy and Hugh?s being sad) can both obtain provided that they are not related by this relation. However, while Fine allows that fragments can be logically incoherent—P can obtain in one fragment while ØP obtains in another—the fragmentalist accounts defended here are motivated even if we insist on logical coherence between fragments.

Keywords:   endurantism, B-theory, fragmentalism, instantiation, multilocation, time travel, quantum metaphysics

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