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Many Worlds?Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality$
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Simon Saunders, Jonathan Barrett, Adrian Kent, and David Wallace

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560561

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560561.001.0001

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Commentary: Reply to Hawthorne: Physics before Metaphysics 1

Commentary: Reply to Hawthorne: Physics before Metaphysics 1

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(p.154) Commentary: Reply to Hawthorne: Physics before Metaphysics1
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Many Worlds?
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James Ladyman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560561.003.0007

The metaphysical conception of the generation of the macroworld from fundamental physics that Hawthorne considers is criticized in this Commentary, and compared with the scientific account offered by Halliwell and Hartle. It is argued that Hawthorn's critique of Everettian quantum mechanics fails.

Keywords:   emergence, Hawthorne, manifest image, metaphysics, naturalism, reduction, top-down, vagueness, Hartle

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