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Local Causality, Probability and Explanation

Healey, Richard A. (2014) Local Causality, Probability and Explanation. [Preprint]

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In papers published in the 25 years following his famous 1964 proof John Bell refined and reformulated his views on locality and causality. Although his formulations of local causality were in terms of probability, he had little to say about that notion. But assumptions about probability are implicit in his arguments and conclusions. Probability does not conform to these assumptions when quantum mechanics is applied to account
for the particular correlations Bell argues are locally inexplicable. This account involves no superluminal action and there is even a sense in which it is local, but it is in tension with the requirement that the direct causes and effects of events are nearby.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Healey, Richard A.
Additional Information: forthcoming in Shan Gao and Mary Bell (eds.) Quantum Nonlocality and Reality -- 50 Years of Bell's Theorem (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Keywords: Local causality, probability, explanation, Bell's Theorem, locality, causation
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Richard Andrew Healey
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2016 13:33
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2016 13:33
Item ID: 11849
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 21 November 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11849

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