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Causal Markov, Robustness and the Quantum Correlations

Suárez, Mauricio and San Pedro, Iñaki (2009) Causal Markov, Robustness and the Quantum Correlations. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    It is still a matter of controversy whether the Principle of the Common Cause (PCC) can be used as a basis for sound causal inference. It is thus to be expected that its application to quantum mechanics should be a correspondingly controversial issue. Indeed the early 90’s saw a flurry of papers addressing just this issue in connection with the EPR correlations. Yet, that debate does not seem to have caught up with the most recent literature on causal inference generally, which has moved on to consider the virtues of a generalised PCC-inspired condition, the so-called Causal Markov Condition (CMC). In this paper we argue that the CMC is an appropriate benchmark for debating possible causal explanations of the EPR correlations. But we go on to take issue with some pronouncements on EPR by defenders of the CMC.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: This paper is forthcoming as chapter 8 in M. Suárez (Ed.), Probabilities, Causes and Propensities in Physics, Synthese Library, Springer, 2010.
    Keywords: quantum mechanics, EPR correlations, causality, Causal Markov Condition, Robustness condition
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Mauricio Suárez
    Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5295
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5295

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