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Towards a realist's interpretation of the path integral



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Abstract

Having a fundamental spacetime view of physics, appears more justified in attempting to construct a quantum theory of gravity. In this talk, motivated by the latter,  a path integral approach is adopted and an attempt to construct a self-consistent realistic histories formulation of quantum theory is presented. After revising the histories viewpoint of classical physics, the quantum case is considered. However, the nature of the probabilities arising from the path integral, leads us to alter the classical picture. The new ontology is that of a coevent (or a coarse grained history), and we analyse the consequences of this (relatively) novel proposal.