Retrocausality at no extra cost

Evans, Peter W. (2015) Retrocausality at no extra cost. Synthese, 192 4: 1139-1155. doi:10.1007/s11229-014-0605-0


Author Evans, Peter W.
Title Retrocausality at no extra cost
Journal name Synthese   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-0964
0039-7857
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-014-0605-0
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 192
Issue 4
Start page 1139
End page 1155
Total pages 17
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract One obstacle faced by proposals of retrocausal influences in quantum mechanics is the perceived high conceptual cost of making such a proposal. I assemble here a metaphysical picture consistent with the possibility of retrocausality and not precluded by the known physical structure of our reality. This picture employs two relatively well-established positions—the block universe model of time and the interventionist account of causation—and requires the dismantling of our ordinary asymmetric causal intuition and our ordinary intuition about epistemic access to the past. The picture is then built upon an existing model of agent deliberation that permits us to strike a harmony between our causal intuitions and the fixity of the block universe view. I conclude that given the right mix of these reasonable metaphysical and epistemological ingredients there is no conceptual cost to such a retrocausal picture of quantum mechanics.
Keyword Retrocausality
Temporal symmetry
Interventionism
Quantum mechanics
Bell’s theorem
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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