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Wronski, Leszek

Reichenbach’s Paradise

Constructing the Realm of Probabilstic Common “Causes”

[REICHENBACH’S PARADISE Constructing the Realm of Probabilistic Common Causes]

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    Publication Date:
    September 2014
    ISBN
    978-3-11-037271-7
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    Overview

    Philosophy of Physics, Causal Inference in Quantum Physics, Probabilistic Causation

    Aims and Scope

    Since its introduction by Hans Reichenbach, many philosophers have claimed to refute the idea – known as the common cause principle – that any surprising correlation between any two factors that do not directly influence one another is due to some common cause. For example, falsity of the principle is frequently inferred from falsifiability of Bell’s inequalities. The author demonstrates, however, that the situation is not so straightforward. There is more than one version of the principle formulated with the use of different variants of Reichenbach-inspired notions; their falsity still remains an open question.
    The book traces different formulations of the principle and provides proofs of a few pertinent theorems, settling the relevant questions in various probability spaces. In exploring mathematical and philosophical issues surrounding the principle, the book offers both philosophical insight and mathematical rigor.

    Details

    xii, 113 pages
    DE GRUYTER OPEN
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    Common Cause Principle, Reichenbach, Probability, Causality

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    Leszek Wroński is an Assistant Professor at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków. He specializes in philosophy of probability.

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