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Two comments on the Common Cause Principle in Algebraic Quantum Field Theory

Stergiou, Chrysovalantis (2009) Two comments on the Common Cause Principle in Algebraic Quantum Field Theory. In: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    I present two relatively independent sets of remarks on common causes and the violation of Bell inequalities in algebraic quantum field theory. The first set of remarks concerns the possibility of reconciling Reichenbachian ideas on common causes with quantum field theory in the face of an already known difficulty: the event shown to satisfy statistical relations for being the common cause of two correlated events has been associated with the union, rather than the intersection, of the backward light cones of the correlated events. I explore a way of overcoming this difficulty by considering the common cause to be a conjunction of suitably located events. But I show that this line of thought too is beset with interpretational problems. My second set of remarks concerns the type of inequality one may derive from the common-common cause hypothesis: I argue, on grounds of interpretation, that the Clauser-Horne type, and not the Bell type, of inequalities emerge more naturally in this context.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Common Cause Principle, Algebraic Quantum Field Theory, Causation
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Chrysovalantis Stergiou
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4954
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4954

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