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Reconsidering No-Go Theorems from a Practical Perspective

Cuffaro, Michael E. (2016) Reconsidering No-Go Theorems from a Practical Perspective. [Preprint]

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I argue that our judgements regarding the locally causal models which are compatible with a given quantum no-go theorem implicitly depend, in part, on the context of inquiry. It follows from this that certain no-go theorems, which are particularly striking in the traditional foundational context, have no force when the context switches to a discussion of the physical systems we are capable of building with the aim of classically reproducing quantum statistics. I close with a general discussion of the possible implications of this for our understanding of the limits of classical description, and for our understanding of the fundamental aim of physical investigation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Cuffaro, Michael E.mike@michaelcuffaro.com
Additional Information: Forthcoming in the British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
Keywords: no-go theorems Bell inequality GHZ inequality local hidden variables local causality
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Classical
General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Quantum
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Michael Cuffaro
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2017 16:53
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2017 16:53
Item ID: 12898
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axw038
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axw038
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Classical
General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Quantum
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2016
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12898

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