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Beyond Causal Explanation: Einstein’s Principle Not Reichenbach’s

Silberstein, Michael and Stuckey, W. M. (2021) Beyond Causal Explanation: Einstein’s Principle Not Reichenbach’s. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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Our account provides a local, realist and fully non-causal principle explanation for EPR correlations, contextuality, no-signalling, and the Tsirelson bound. Indeed, the account herein is fully consistent with the causal structure of Minkowski spacetime. We argue that retrocausal accounts of
quantum mechanics are problematic precisely because they do not fully transcend the assumption that causal or constructive explanation must always be fundamental. Unlike retrocausal accounts, our principle explanation is a complete rejection of Reichenbach’s Principle. Furthermore, we will argue that the basis for our principle account of quantum mechanics is the physical principle sought by quantum information theorists for their reconstructions of quantum mechanics. Finally, we explain why our account is both fully realist and psi-epistemic.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Stuckey, W.
Keywords: EPR correlations; relativity principle; principle explanation; Reichenbach’s Principle; retrocausality; locality; contextuality; no preferred reference frame; causal modelling; nosignalling; quantum information theory; reconstructions of quantum mechanics; Tsirelson bound; realist psi-epistemic
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Michael Silberstein
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2021 22:29
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2021 22:29
Item ID: 18747
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Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2021

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