Whitehead's Philosophy and Quantum Mechanics (QM)

A Tribute to Abner Shimony
  • Shimon MalinEmail author
Part of the The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 73)

This paper is a tribute to Abner Shimony and a continuation of my discussions with him. In the first part some ofWhitehead's concepts, and, in particular, actual entities and atemporal processes, are introduced. These are shown to correspond to the objectivized aspects of the collapse of quantum states. Next we reconcile the entanglement of quantum states with the speed of light barrier for the transmission of information by modifying Whitehead's system: We suggest that events that take place far apart can be aspects if the same actual entity. We show that this takes care of Lovejoy's objection to Whitehead's system.


Quantum Mechanics Quantum State Actual Entity Subjective Aspect Objective Aspect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA

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