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Non-local realistic theories and the scope of the Bell theorem

Laudisa, Federico (2008) Non-local realistic theories and the scope of the Bell theorem.


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According to a widespread view, the Bell theorem establishes the untenability of so-called 'local realism'. On the basis of this view, recent proposals by Leggett, Zeilinger and others have been developed according to which it can be proved that even some non-local realistic theories have to be ruled out. As a consequence, within this view the Bell theorem allows one to establish that no reasonable form of realism, be it local or non-local, can be made compatible with the (experimentally tested) predictions of quantum mechanics. In the present paper it is argued that the Bell theorem has demonstrably nothing to do with the 'realism' as defined by these authors and that, as a consequence, their conclusions about the foundational significance of the Bell theorem are unjustified.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Laudisa, Federico
Additional Information: Final version published in Foundations of Physics Volume 38, Issue 12, pp 1110-1132.
Keywords: Local realism, Hidden variable theories, Bell's theorem, Bohmian mechanics, Non-local realistic theories
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Prof. Federico Laudisa
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2013 23:47
Item ID: 4327
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10701-008-9255-8
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: November 2008

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