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Forms for probability ascriptions

Abstract

I apply the distinctions between the probability of a conditional, and a conditional with a probabilistic consequent, to quantum theory. I concentrate on an application hardly studied in the literature: namely, the case where the antecedent of the conditional states which quantity is measured, and the consequent states which value the quantity has. I show how we can construe quantum theory as providing propositions of these kinds, both for intrinsic possessed values, and for measurement results. I also show that most construals satisfy a plausible constraint requiring a kind of independence between which quantity is measured and what the value or result is.

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Butterfield, J. Forms for probability ascriptions. Int J Theor Phys 32, 2271–2286 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00672999

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Keywords

  • Field Theory
  • Elementary Particle
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Quantum Theory
  • Conditional State