Taking Heisenberg's Potentia Seriously

  title={Taking Heisenberg's Potentia Seriously},
  author={R. Kastner and S. Kauffman and M. Epperson},
  journal={arXiv: Quantum Physics},
  • R. Kastner, S. Kauffman, M. Epperson
  • Published 2017
  • Mathematics, Physics
  • arXiv: Quantum Physics
  • It is argued that quantum theory is best understood as requiring an ontological duality of res extensa and res potentia, where the latter is understood per Heisenberg’s original proposal, and the former is roughly equivalent to Descartes’ ‘extended substance.’ However, this is not a dualism of mutually exclusive substances in the classical Cartesian sense, and therefore does not inherit the infamous ‘mind-body’ problem. Rather, res potentia and res extensa are proposed as mutually implicative… CONTINUE READING
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