Reply to Hawthorne: Physics before Metaphysics

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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.
Translated title of the contributionReply to Hawthorne
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMany Worlds?
Subtitle of host publicationEverett, Quantum Theory and Reality
EditorsSimon Saunders, Jonathan Barrett, Adrian Kent, David Wallace
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages154 - 160
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0199560561, 9780199560561
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Bibliographical note

Commentary on John Hawthorne: 'A Metaphysician Looks at the Everett Interpretation', chapter 5 in 'Many Worlds?'.

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Science and Philosophy
  • Centre_for_science_and_philosophy


  • emergence
  • Hawthorne
  • manifest image
  • metaphysics
  • naturalism
  • reduction
  • top-down
  • vagueness
  • Hartle


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