Relativity, Quantum Entanglement, Counterfactuals, and Causation

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 66 (1):45-67 (2015)
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We investigate whether standard counterfactual analyses of causation imply that the outcomes of space-like separated measurements on entangled particles are causally related. Although 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 on this. We discuss ways in which Lewis’s semantics and standard CACs might be extended to the case of space-like correlations


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Thomas Kroedel
Universität Hamburg
Luke Fenton-Glynn
University College London

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