Spin as a determinable

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Abstract

In this paper I aim to answer two questions: (1) Can spin be treated as a determinable? (2) Can a treatment of spin as a determinable be used to understand quantum indeterminacy? In response to the first question I show that the relations among spin number, spin components and spin values cannot be captured by a single determination relation; instead we need to look at spin number and spin value separately. In response to the second question I discuss three ways in which the determinables model might be modified to account for indeterminacy, and argue that none of them is fully successful in helping us to understand quantum indeterminacy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-386
JournalTopoi
Volume34
Issue number2
Early online date7 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015

Keywords

  • spin
  • quantum mechanics
  • determinables and terminates
  • properties
  • metaphysical i indeterminacy

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