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Relativity, Quantum Entanglement, Counterfactuals, and Causation

Glynn, Luke and Kroedel, Thomas (2013) Relativity, Quantum Entanglement, Counterfactuals, and Causation. [Preprint]

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We investigate whether standard counterfactual analyses of causation (CACs) imply that the outcomes of space-like separated measurements on entangled particles are causally related. While it has sometimes been claimed that standard CACs imply such a causal relation, we argue that a careful examination of David Lewis's influential counterfactual semantics casts doubt upon this. We discuss ways in which Lewis's semantics and standard CACs might be extended to the case of space-like correlations.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Glynn, Lukelglynn@caltech.edu
Kroedel, Thomasthomas.kroedel@hu-berlin.de
Keywords: Causation; Counterfactuals; Relativity; Entanglement
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Luke Fenton-Glynn
Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 20:28
Last Modified: 15 May 2013 20:28
Item ID: 9745
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9745

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