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Quantum information vs. epistemic logic: An analysis of the Frauchiger-Renner theorem

Boge, Florian (2019) Quantum information vs. epistemic logic: An analysis of the Frauchiger-Renner theorem. [Preprint]

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Abstract

A recent no-go theorem establishes a contradiction from a specific application of quantum theory to a multi-agent setting. The proof of this theorem relies heavily on notions such as ‘knows’ or ‘is certain that’. This has stimulated an
analysis of the theorem by Nurgalieva and del Rio, in which they claim that it shows the “[i]nadequacy of modal logic in quantum settings”. In this paper, we will offer a significantly extended and refined reconstruction of the theorem in multi-agent modal logic. We will then show that a thorough reconstruction of the proof as given by Frauchiger and Renner requires the reflexivity of access relations
(system T). However, a stronger theorem is possible that already follows in serial frames, and hence also holds in systems of doxastic logic (such as KD45). After proving this, we will discuss the general implications for different interpretations of quantum probabilities as well as several options for dealing with the result.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Boge, FlorianJ0000-0002-1030-3393
Additional Information: This is a preprint version of a paper accepted for publication in Foundations of Physics; doi: 10.1007/s10701-019-00298-4
Keywords: quantum information, epistemic logic, Wigner’s friend, Frauchiger and Renner
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Mr Florian Boge
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 17:11
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 17:11
Item ID: 16437
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10701-019-00298-4
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16437

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