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Counterfactual Reasoning, Realism and Quantum Mechanics: Much Ado About Nothing?

Laudisa, Federico (2017) Counterfactual Reasoning, Realism and Quantum Mechanics: Much Ado About Nothing? [Preprint]

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Abstract

I purport to show why old and new claims on the role of counterfactual reasoning for the EPR argument and the Bell theorem are unjustified: once the logical relation between locality and counterfactual reasoning is clarified, the use of the latter does no harm and the nonlocality result can well follow from the EPR premises. To show why, I critically review (i) incompleteness arguments that Einstein developed before the EPR paper, and (ii) more recent claims that equate the use of counterfactual reasoning with the assumption of a strong form of realism.


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Laudisa, Federicofederico.laudisa@unimib.it0000000329198084
Keywords: Counterfactuality; Non-locality; Realism; EPR argument; Bell theorem
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Prof. Federico Laudisa
Date Deposited: 20 May 2017 14:01
Last Modified: 20 May 2017 14:01
Item ID: 13055
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13055

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