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The Scope and Generality of Bell's Theorem

Weatherall, James Owen (2013) The Scope and Generality of Bell's Theorem. [Preprint]

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Abstract

I present what might seem to be a local, deterministic model of the EPR-Bohm experiment, inspired by recent work by Joy Christian, that appears at first blush to be in tension with Bell-type theorems. I argue that the model ultimately fails to do what a hidden variable theory needs to do, but that it is interesting nonetheless because the way it fails helps clarify the scope and generality of Bell-type theorems. I formulate and prove a minor proposition that makes explicit how Bell-type theorems rule out models of the sort I describe here.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Weatherall, James Owenweatherj@uci.edu
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Foundations of Physics
Keywords: Bell's theorem; Hidden variable theory; Joy Christian
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: James Owen Weatherall
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2013 06:44
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2013 06:44
Item ID: 9902
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9902

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