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Re-thinking local causality

Friederich, S. (2015) Re-thinking local causality. Synthese, 192 (1). pp. 221-240. ISSN 1573-0964

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There is widespread belief in a tension between quantum theory and special relativity, motivated by the idea that quantum theory violates J. S. Bell's criterion of local causality, which is meant to implement the causal structure of relativistic space-time. This paper argues that if one takes the essential intuitive idea behind local causality to be that probabilities in a locally causal theory depend only on what occurs in the backward light cone and if one regards objective probability as what imposes constraints on rational credence along the lines of David Lewis' Principal Principle, then one arrives at the view that whether or not Bell's criterion holds is irrelevant for whether or not local causality holds. The assumptions on which this argument rests are highlighted, and those that may seem controversial are motivated.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Friederich, S.
Keywords: Quantum theory, special relativity, causality, probability, Principal Principle
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Simon Friederich
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 16:53
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2015 16:53
Item ID: 11749
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11229-...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-014-0563-6
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: January 2015
Page Range: pp. 221-240
Volume: 192
Number: 1
ISSN: 1573-0964
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11749

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