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Relativity, Quantum Entanglement, Counterfactuals, and Causation

Fenton-Glynn, L; Kroedel, T; (2015) Relativity, Quantum Entanglement, Counterfactuals, and Causation. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science , 66 (1) pp. 45-67. 10.1093/bjps/axt040. Green open access

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Abstract

We investigate whether standard counterfactual analyses of causation (CACs) imply that the outcomes of space-like separated measurements on entangled particles are causally related. While it has sometimes been claimed that standard CACs imply such a causal relation, we argue that a careful examination of David Lewis's influential counterfactual semantics casts doubt upon this. We discuss ways in which Lewis's semantics and standard CACs might be extended to the case of space-like correlations.

Type: Article
Title: Relativity, Quantum Entanglement, Counterfactuals, and Causation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/bjps/axt040
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axt040
Language: English
Additional information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science following peer review. The version of record Fenton-Glynn, L; Kroedel, T; (2015) Relativity, Quantum Entanglement, Counterfactuals, and Causation. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science , 66 (1) pp. 45-67., is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axt040.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473482
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