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Decoherence, quantum theory and their implications for the philosophy of geomorphology

Auteurs :
HARRISON, S.
DUNHAM, P.

Description :
This paper draws lessons from quantum mechanics and the related concepts of decoherence and entanglement to explore the theoretical limitations of both of these existing approaches to geomorphology. It is suggested that empiricist and realist approaches are misguided in their attempts to view the researcher as being in some way detached from the reality of the environmental system under investigation. The paper also challenges the claims to represent truth, and the deterministic view of causation. It concludes by suggesting that an idealist approach to geomorphology - one that recognizes the primacy of consciousness - can better appreciate the unpredictable and probabilistic nature of the world.


Type de document :
Article de périodique

Source :
Transactions - Institute of British Geographers (1965), issn : 0020-2754, 1998, vol. 23, n°. 4, p. 501-514, Références bibliographiques : 88 ref.

Date :
1998

Editeur :
Pays édition : Royaume-Uni, London, Institute of British Geographers

Langue :
Anglais
Droits :
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