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The Principle of the Common Cause

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  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107019355

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  • The common cause principle says that every correlation is either due to a direct causal effect linking the correlated entities or is brought about by a third factor, a so-called common cause. The principle is of central importance in the philosophy of science, especially in causal explanation, causal modeling and in the foundations of quantum physics. Written for philosophers of science, physicists and statisticians, this book contributes to the debate over the validity of the common cause principle, by proving results that bring to the surface the nature of explanation by common causes. It provides a technical and mathematically rigorous examination of the notion of common cause, providing an analysis not only in terms of classical probability measure spaces, which is typical in the available literature, but in quantum probability theory as well. The authors provide numerous open problems to further the debate and encourage future research in this field.

    • Conceptually and mathematically rigorous analysis of the common cause principle and its status in quantum theory; excellent contribution to the debate over the validity of the common cause principle
    • Analyses the notion of the common cause and the status of the common cause principle in terms of both classical probability measure spaces and quantum probability theory
    • Contains many open problems for the reader to explore, helping to further the debate and contribute to research in this field
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    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107019355
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 179 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 2 tables 20 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction and overview
    2. The common cause principle
    3. Common cause extendability of probability spaces
    4. Causally closed probability theories
    5. Common common causes
    6. Common cause extendability of non-classical probability spaces
    7. Reichenbachian common cause systems
    8. Causal closedness of quantum field theory
    9. Reichenbach's common cause principle and EPR correlations
    10. Where do we stand?
    Appendix
    Index.

  • Authors

    Gábor Hofer-Szabó, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
    Gábor Hofer-Szabó is a Bolyai Research Fellow in the Department of Logic at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. His main fields of research are foundations of quantum mechanics, interpretations of probability and probabilistic causality.

    Miklós Rédei, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Miklós Rédei is a Reader in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Methodology of Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests are philosophy and foundations of physics.

    László E. Szabó, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
    László E. Szabó is Professor in the Department of Logic, Institute of Philosophy at Eötvös University, Budapest. His research focuses on the philosophy of space and time, causality, the EPR–Bell problem, interpretation of probability and a physicalist account of mathematics.

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