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On the relation between the probabilistic characterization of the common cause and Bell's notion of local causality

Gábor, Hofer-Szabó (2013) On the relation between the probabilistic characterization of the common cause and Bell's notion of local causality. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In the paper the relation between the standard probabilistic
characterization of the common cause (used for the derivation of the Bell inequalities) and Bell's notion of local causality will be investigated. It will be shown that the probabilistic common cause follows from local causality if one accepts, as Bell did, two assumptions concerning the
common cause: first, the common cause is localized in the intersection of the past of the correlating events; second, it provides a complete specification of the `beables' of this intersection. However, neither assumptions are a priori requirements. In the paper the logical role of these assumptions will be studied and it will be shown that only the second assumption is necessary for the derivation of the probabilistic common cause from local causality.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gábor, Hofer-Szabógsz@szig.hu
Keywords: common cause, local causality
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Gabor Hofer-Szabo
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 15:33
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 15:56
Item ID: 9829
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9829

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