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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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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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Suárez, Mauricio
San Pedro, Iñaki
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 15:19
Item ID: 5295
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5295

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