Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead
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Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead

by Michael Epperson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0823223191

ISBN-13: 9780823223190

Pub. Date: 07/15/2004

Publisher: Fordham University Press

It is both fortunate and remarkable, says Epperson (theology, Loyola U., Chicago), that during the same years that brought the seminal quantum theoretical innovations, the philosophy of Whitehead (1861-1947) presented a metaphysical scheme that so precisely mirrors the hypothetical deductions and inductions made by the physicists who have contributed to the

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It is both fortunate and remarkable, says Epperson (theology, Loyola U., Chicago), that during the same years that brought the seminal quantum theoretical innovations, the philosophy of Whitehead (1861-1947) presented a metaphysical scheme that so precisely mirrors the hypothetical deductions and inductions made by the physicists who have contributed to the development of the event-ontological, historical-process interpretations of quantum mechanics. He elaborates on the correlations and their significance both for physics and philosophy. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823223190
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
07/15/2004
Series:
American Philosophy Series
Edition description:
2
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1.Introduction1
I.The Philosophical Implications of Quantum Mechanics
2.The Ontological Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics25
Bohr's Strategy: "Complementarity" as Evidence of an Unknowable Objective Reality31
Von Neumann's Alternative to Bohr's Epistemic Schism: Objective Reality via a Coherent Ontological Interpretation38
Closed Systems44
The Ontological Significance of Potentia47
3.The Evolution of Actuality to Probability61
The Formal Description of Quantum Mechanical State Evolution61
Decoherence77
Three Benefits of This Ontological Interpretation of the Quantum Formalism84
Summary97
Interlude: The Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead105
II.Quantum Mechanics and Whitehead's Metaphysical Scheme
4.The Correlation of Quantum Mechanics and Whitehead's Philosophy119
The Phases of Quantum Mechanical Concrescence134
The Categoreal Obligations147
5.Spatiotemporal Extension164
Coordinate Division and Genetic Division166
Coordinate Division and the Decomposition of Invariant Spacetime Intervals170
Empirical Adequacy and the Constancy of the Velocity of Light176
Coordinate Extensive Relations and Genetic Historical Relations: The Dipolarity of Relativity Theory and Quantum Mechanics178
The Issue of Absolute Spacetime and Alternative Conceptions182
The Dipolar Cooperation of Coordinate and Genetic Division187
The Dipolarity of Publicity and Privacy195
The Abstractive Geometrical Scheme Underlying Extensive Connection202
Facts and Forms: Durations and Loci209
6.Summary and Outlook222
Works Cited245
Index249

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