July 18, 2024
Recently there have emerged an assortment of theorems relating to the 'absoluteness of emerged events,' and these results have sometimes been used to argue that quantum mechanics may involve some kind of metaphysically radical non-absoluteness, such as relationalism or perspectivalism. However, in this talk I will argue that a close examination of these theorems fails to convincingly support such possibilities. I will also argue that these theorems taken together suggest interesting possibilities for a different kind of relational approach in which dynamical states are relativized whilst observed events are absolute, and I will show that although something like 'retrocausality' might be needed to make such an approach work, this would be a very special kind of retrocausality which would evade a number of common objections against retrocausality.