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Epistemic Separability and Everettian Branches: A Critique of Sebens and Carroll
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1472-2958
2022 (English)In: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, ISSN 0007-0882, E-ISSN 1464-3537, Vol. 73, no 3, p. 711-721Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We discuss the proposal by Sebens and Carroll to derive the Born rule in Everettian quantum mechanics from a principle they call ‘ESP-QM’. We argue that the proposal fails: ESP-QM is not, as Sebens and Carroll argue, a ‘less general version’ of an independently plausible principle, ESP, and can only be motivated by the empirical success of quantum mechanics, including use of the Born rule. Therefore, ESP-QM cannot have the status of a meta-theoretical principle of reasoning and provides no viable basis for deriving the Born rule.

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2022. Vol. 73, no 3, p. 711-721
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-185053DOI: 10.1093/bjps/axaa002ISI: 000878632200007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85134468732OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-185053DiVA, id: diva2:1467331
Available from: 2020-09-15 Created: 2020-09-15 Last updated: 2022-12-05Bibliographically approved

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