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On Causation and a Counterfactual in Quantum Logic: The Sasaki Hook

Smets, Sonja (2002) On Causation and a Counterfactual in Quantum Logic: The Sasaki Hook. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


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We analyze G.M. Hardegree's interpretation of the Sasaki hook as a Stalnaker conditional and explain how he makes use of the basic conceptual machinery of OQL, i.e. the operational quantum logic which originated with the Geneva Approach to the foundations of physics. In particular we focus on measurements which are ideal and of the first kind, since these encode the content of the so-called Sasaki projections within the Geneva Approach. The Sasaki projections play a fundamental role when analyzing the condition under which the properties expressed by Sasaki hooks can be considered as actual. We finish with a note on how the Sasaki hook can be conceived as ``assigning causes for properties to be actual", which links the interpretation of G.M. Hardegree to what has been called ``dynamic OQL".

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Item Type: Other
Smets, Sonja
Keywords: operational quantum logic, philosophy of quantum mechanics, Sasaki hook.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Sonja Smets
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2002
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 619
Public Domain: No

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