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  1. Incompleteness, Nonlocality, and Realism: A Prolegomenon to the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics.Michael Redhead - 1987 - Oxford University Press.
    Aiming to unravel the mystery of quantum mechanics, this book is concerned with questions about action-at-a-distance, holism, and whether quantum mechanics gives a complete account of microphysical reality. With rigorous arguments and clear thinking, the author provides an introduction to the philosophy of physics.
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  2. Quantum Physics and the Identity of Indiscernibles.Steven French & Michael Redhead - 1988 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 39 (2):233-246.
    Department of History and Philosophy of Science. University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH This paper is concerned with the question of whether atomic particles of the same species, i. e. with the same intrinsic state-independent properties of mass, spin, electric charge, etc, violate the Leibnizian Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles, in the sense that, while there is more than one of them, their state-dependent properties may also all be the same. The answer depends on what exactly (...)
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    Incompleteness, non locality and realism. A prolegomenon to the philosophy of quantum mechanics.Michael Redhead - 1987 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 180 (4):712-713.
    This book concentrates on research done during the last twenty years on the philosophy of quantum mechanics. In particular, the author focuses on three major issues: whether quantum mechanics is an incomplete theory, whether it is non-local, and whether it can be interpreted realistically. Much of the book is concerned with distinguishing various senses in which these questions can be taken, and assessing the bewildering variety of answers philosophers and physicists have given up to now. The book is self-contained in (...)
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  4. Models in Physics.Michael Redhead - 1980 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 31 (2):145-163.
  5. From Physics to Metaphysics.Michael Redhead - 1995 - Cambridge University Press.
    The book is drawn from the Tarner lectures, delivered in Cambridge in 1993. It is concerned with the ultimate nature of reality, and how this is revealed by modern physical theories such as relativity and quantum theory. The objectivity and rationality of science are defended against the views of relativists and social constructionists. It is claimed that modern physics gives us a tentative and fallible, but nevertheless rational, approach to the nature of physical reality. The role of subjectivity in science (...)
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  6. Particle Labels and the Theory of Indistinguishable Particles in Quantum Mechanics.Michael Redhead & Paul Teller - 1992 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 43 (2):201-218.
    We extend the work of French and Redhead [1988] further examining the relation of quantum statistics to the assumption that quantum entities have the sort of identity generally assumed for physical objects, more specifically an identity which makes them susceptible to being thought of as conceptually individuatable and labelable even though they cannot be experimentally distinguished. We also further examine the relation of such hypothesized identity of quantum entities to the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles. We conclude that although (...)
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    The Interpretation of Gauge Symmetry.Michael Redhead - 2003 - In Katherine A. Brading & Elena Castellani (eds.), Symmetries in Physics: Philosophical Reflections. Cambridge University Press. pp. 124--139.
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  8. More Ado About Nothing.Michael Redhead - 1995 - Foundations of Physics 25 (1):123-137.
    In this paper questions about vacuum fluctuations in local measurements, and the correlations between such fluctuations, are discussed. It is shown that maximal correlations always exist between suitably chosen local projection operators associated with spacelike separated regions of space-time, however far apart these regions may be. The connection of this result with the well-known Fregenhagen bound showing exponential decay of correlations with distance is explained, and the relevance of the discussion to the question “What do particle detectors detect?” is addressed.
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  9. Nonlocality and the Kochen-Specker Paradox.Peter Heywood & Michael L. G. Redhead - 1983 - Foundations of Physics 13 (5):481-499.
    A new proof of the impossibility of reconciling realism and locality in quantum mechanics is given. Unlike proofs based on Bell's inequality, the present work makes minimal and transparent use of probability theory and proceeds by demonstrating a Kochen-Specker type of paradox based on the value assignments to the spin components of two spatially separated spin-1 systems in the singlet state of their total spin. An essential part of the argument is to distinguish carefully two commonly confused types of contextuality; (...)
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    Particles, Particle Labels, and Quanta: The Toll of Unacknowledged Metaphysics. [REVIEW]Michael Redhead & Paul Teller - 1991 - Foundations of Physics 21 (1):43-62.
    The practice of describing multiparticle quantum systems in terms of labeled particles indicates that we think of quantum entities as individuatable. The labels, together with particle indistinguishability, create the need for symmetrization or antisymmetrization (or, in principle, higher-order symmetries), which in turn results in “surplus formal structure” in the formalism, formal structure which corresponds to nothing in the real world. We argue that these facts show quanta to be unindividuatable entities, things in principle incapable of supporting labels, and so things (...)
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  11. The Intelligibility of the Universe.Michael Redhead - 2001 - In Anthony O'Hear (ed.), Philosophy at the New Millennium. pp. 73-90.
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    How Is Quantum Field Theory Possible?Michael Redhead - 1998 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 49 (3):499-507.
  13. Quantum Field Theory for Philosophers.Michael Redhead - 1982 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:57 - 99.
    The metaphysical commitments of quantum field theory are examined. A thesis of underdetermination as between field and particle approaches to the "elementary particles" is argued for but only if a disputed notion of transcendental individuality is admitted. The superiority of the field approach is further emphasized in the context of heuristics.
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    The Intelligibility of the Universe.Michael Redhead - 2001 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 48:73-90.
    Hume famously warned us that the ‘[The] ultimate springs and principles are totally shut up from human curiosity and enquiry’. Or, again, Newton: ‘Hitherto I have not been able to discover the cause of these properties of gravity … and I frame no hypotheses.’ Aristotelian science was concerned with just such questions, the specification of occult qualities, the real essences that answer the question What is matter, etc?, the preoccupation with circular definitions such as dormative virtues, and so on. The (...)
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  15. A Philosopher Looks at Quantum Field Theory.Michael Redhead - 1990 - In Harvey R. Brown & Rom Harré (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Quantum Field Theory. Clarendon Press.
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  16. The Vacuum in Relativistic Quantum Field Theory.Michael Redhead - 1994 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:77 - 87.
    The status of the vacuum in relativistic quantum field theory is examined. A sharp distinction arises between the global vacuum and the local vacuum. The concept of local number density is critically assessed. The global vacuum state implies fluctuations for all local observables. Correlations between such fluctuations in space-like separated regions of space-time are discussed and the existence of correlations which are maximal in a certain sense is remarked on, independently of how far apart those regions may be. The analogy (...)
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    Quests of a Realist.Otávio Bueno, Igor Douven, Peter Lipton & Michael Redhead - 2001 - Metascience 10 (3):341-366.
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    Objectivity, Invariance, and Convention: Symmetry in Physical Science.Talal A. Debs & Michael Redhead - 2007 - Harvard University Press.
    Most observers agree that modern physical theory attempts to provide objective representations of reality. However, the claim that these representations are based on conventional choices is viewed by many as a denial of their objectivity. As a result, objectivity and conventionality in representation are often framed as polar opposites. Offering a new appraisal of symmetry in modern physics, employing detailed case studies from relativity theory and quantum mechanics, Objectivity, Invariance, and Convention contends that the physical sciences, though dependent on convention, (...)
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    On the Impossibility of Inductive Probability.Michael Redhead - 1985 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36 (2):185-191.
  20. Nonlocal Influences and Possible Worlds—A Stapp in the Wrong Direction.Robert K. Clifton, Jeremy N. Butterfield & Michael L. G. Redhead - 1990 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41 (1):5-58.
    give a proof of the existence of nonlocal influences acting on correlated spin-1/2 particles in the singlet state which does not require any particular interpretation of quantum mechanics (QM). (Except Stapp holds that the proof fails under a many-worlds interpretation of QM—a claim we analyse in 1.2.) Recently, in responding to Redhead's ([1987], pp. 90-6) criticism that the Stapp 1 proof fails under an indeterministic interpretation of QM, Stapp [1989] (henceforth Stapp 2), has revised the logical structure of his proof (...)
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    Explanation.Michael Redhead - 1990 - In D. Knowles (ed.), Explanation and its Limits. Cambridge University Press. pp. 135--154.
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    Two Essays on Entropy.Michael Redhead, Rudolf Carnap & Abner Shimony - 1979 - Philosophical Quarterly 29 (117):364.
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    Do the Bell Inequalities Require the Existence of Joint Probability Distributions?George Svetlichny, Michael Redhead, Harvey Brown & Jeremy Butterfield - 1988 - Philosophy of Science 55 (3):387-401.
    Fine has recently proved the surprising result that satisfaction of the Bell inequality in a Clauser-Horne experiment implies the existence of joint probabilities for pairs of noncommuting observables in the experiment. In this paper we show that if probabilities are interpreted in the von Mises-Church sense of relative frequencies on random sequences, a proof of the Bell inequality is nonetheless possible in which such joint probabilities are assumed not to exist. We also argue that Fine's theorem and related results do (...)
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    Is Indistinguishability in Quantum Mechanics Conventional?Paul Teller & Michael Redhead - 2000 - Foundations of Physics 30 (6):951-957.
    Darrin Belousek has argued that the indistinguishability of quantum particles is conventional “in the Duhemian–Einsteinian sense,” in part by critially examining prior arguments given by Redhead and Teller. Belousek's discussion provides a useful occasion to clarify some of those arguments, acknowledge respects in which they were misleading, and comment on how they can be strengthened. We also comment briefly on the relevant sense of “conventional.”.
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    A Critique of the Disturbance Theory of Indeterminacy in Quantum Mechanics.Harvey R. Brown & Michael L. G. Redhead - 1981 - Foundations of Physics 11 (1-2):1-20.
    Heisenberg'sgendanken experiments in quantum mechanics have given rise to a widespread belief that the indeterminacy relations holding for the variables of a quantal system can be explained quasiclassically in terms of a disturbance suffered by the system in interaction with a quantal measurement, or state preparation, agent. There are a number of criticisms of this doctrine in the literature, which are critically examined in this article and found to be ininconclusive, the chief error being the conflation of this disturbance with (...)
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    Generalization of the Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger Algebraic Proof of Nonlocality.Robert K. Clifton, Michael L. G. Redhead & Jeremy N. Butterfield - 1991 - Foundations of Physics 21 (2):149-184.
    We further develop a recent new proof (by Greenberger, Horne, and Zeilinger—GHZ) that local deterministic hidden-variable theories are inconsistent with certain strict correlations predicted by quantum mechanics. First, we generalize GHZ's proof so that it applies to factorable stochastic theories, theories in which apparatus hidden variables are causally relevant to measurement results, and theories in which the hidden variables evolve indeterministically prior to the particle-apparatus interactions. Then we adopt a more general measure-theoretic approach which requires that GHZ's argument be modified (...)
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  27. Quests of a Realist (Review of Stathis Psillos' Scientific Realism, Routledge 1999).Michael Redhead - 2001 - Aahpsss 10 (3):341-371.
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    Novelty And Confirmation.Michael Redhead - 1986 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 37 (1):115-118.
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    Incompleteness, Nonlocality and Realism: A Prolegomenon to the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics.Allen Stairs & Michael Redhead - 1990 - Philosophical Review 99 (2):275.
    This book concentrates on research done during the last twenty years on the philosophy of quantum mechanics. In particular, the author focuses on three major issues: whether quantum mechanics is an incomplete theory, whether it is non-local, and whether it can be interpreted realistically. Much of the book is concerned with distinguishing various senses in which these questions can be taken, and assessing the bewildering variety of answers philosophers and physicists have given up to now. The book is self-contained in (...)
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    Ad Hocness and the Appraisal of Theories.Michael Redhead - 1978 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 29 (4):355-361.
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    The Lakatos Award Lecture: The Nature of Reality.Michael Redhead - 1989 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (4):429-441.
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    The Nature of Reality.Michael Redhead - 1989 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (4):429-441.
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    Broken Bootstraps---The Rise and Fall of a Research Programme.Michael Redhead - 2005 - Foundations of Physics 35 (4):561-575.
    The bootstrap approach to understanding the elementary particles in hadronic physics was very popular in the 1960s as an alternative to quantum field theory. This episode is subjected to historical, methodological and philosophical analysis designed to complement the extensive work of Jim Cushing in this field.
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    Popper and the Quantum Theory.Michael Redhead - 1995 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 39:163-176.
    Popper wrote extensively on the quantum theory. In Logic der Forschung he devoted a whole chapter to the topic, while the whole of Volume 3 of the Postscript to the Logic of Scientific Discovery is devoted to the quantum theory. This volume entitled Quantum Theory and the Schism in Physics incorporated a famous earlier essay, ‘Quantum Mechanics without “the Observer”’ . In addition Popper's development of the propensity interpretation of probability was much influenced by his views on the role of (...)
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    Mathematics and the Mind.Michael Redhead - 2004 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 55 (4):731-737.
    Granted that truth is valuable we must recognize that certifiable truth is hard to come by, for example in the natural and social sciences. This paper examines the case of mathematics. As a result of the work of Gödel and Tarski we know that truth does not equate with proof. This has been used by Lucas and Penrose to argue that human minds can do things which digital computers can't, viz to know the truth of unprovable arithmetical statements. The argument (...)
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  36. Wave-Particle Duality. [REVIEW]Michael Redhead - 1977 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 28:65.
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    Review: Unification in Science. [REVIEW]Michael L. G. Redhead - 1984 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35 (3):274 - 279.
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    Weinberg's Proof of the Spin-Statistics Theorem.Michela Massimi & Michael Redhead - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 34 (4):621-650.
    The aim of this paper is to offer a conceptual analysis of Weinberg's proof of the spin-statistics theorem by comparing it with Pauli's original proof and with the subsequent textbook tradition, which typically resorts to the dichotomy positive energy for half-integral spin particles/microcausality for integral-spin particles. In contrast to this tradition, Weinberg's proof does not directly invoke the positivity of the energy, but derives the theorem from the single relativistic requirement of microcausality. This seemingly innocuous difference marks an important change (...)
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  39. Nonlocality in Quantum Mechanics.Michael Redhead & Harvey Brown - 1991 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes 65:119-159.
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    Roger Penrose the Large, the Small and the Human Mind.Michael Redhead - 2000 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 51 (4):913-917.
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    Truth and Provability.John Lucas & Michael Redhead - 2007 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 58 (2):331-2.
    The views of Redhead ([2004]) are defended against the argument by Panu Raatikainen ([2005]). The importance of informal rigour is canvassed, and the argument for the a priori nature of induction is explained. The significance of Gödel's theorem is again rehearsed.
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  42. Bernard D'Espagnat, "Reality and the Physicist".Michael Redhead - 1990 - Philosophical Quarterly 40 (159):257.
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  43. IMAN, J. M.: "Reliable Knowledge. An Exploration of the Grounds for Belief in Science". [REVIEW]Michael Redhead - 1981 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 32:311.
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  44. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement.Michael Redhead - 2001
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  45. TORRETTI, R.: "Relativity and Geometry". [REVIEW]Michael Redhead - 1985 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36:100.
  46. The Unseen World.Michael Redhead - 2002 - London School of Economics, Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences.
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    Is the End of Physics in Sight?Michael Redhead - 1993 - In S. French & H. Kamminga (eds.), Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 327--341.
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    A New Perspective on Objectivity and Conventionalism.Antigone M. Nounou, Mauro Dorato, Sebastian Lutz, Talal A. Debs & Michael L. G. Redhead - 2010 - Metascience 19 (1):3-27.
  49. It Jl the London School of Economics and Political Science.Philip Kitcher & Michael Redhead - 1989 - Synthese 81 (135).
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    Propensities, Correlations, and Metaphysics.Michael Redhead - 1992 - Foundations of Physics 22 (3):381-394.
    An attempt is made to defend realism and the absence of space-like causation in quantum mechanics, by invoking indeterminism and a new necessary condition for stochastic causality, we term robustness. This condition is defended against recent critical attacks by Cartwright and Jones, and by Healey, and the violation of the robustness condition in Bell-type correlation experiments is shown to follow if an appropriate interpretation of the state vector is employed.
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