5. Causation

  1. Tim Maudlin

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396973.ch5

Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, Third Edition

Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, Third Edition

How to Cite

Maudlin, T. (2011) Causation, in Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, Third Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396973.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331264

Online ISBN: 9781444396973

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Keywords:

  • causation;
  • quantum theory, energy and signals - not being sent via mechanism, producing violation;
  • violations of inequality - direct causal link, two sides of apparatus;
  • causation, philosophical scrutiny - Hume's skeptical attack on notion, connections in nature;
  • correlations, and common causes - entirely accidental;
  • systematic connection, causation and counterfactuals, being one thing - and quite another, in analyzing causation in terms of counterfactuals;
  • two world pictures, laws into two classes - deterministic laws and stochastic laws;
  • ruling out subluminal common causes;
  • Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen (EPR) EPR argument - relevant state, not predicting exact distance;
  • wave collapse, and implications - in non-relativistic quantum mechanics

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Causation, Counterfactuals, and Laws

  • Two World Pictures

  • The EPR Argument

  • A Note on Wave Collapse

  • But is it Causation?

  • Superluminal Influences and Relativity