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Accardi on Quantum Theory and the "Fifth Axiom" of Probability

Hans Van Den Berg, Dick Hoekzema and Hans Radder
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 57, No. 1 (Mar., 1990), pp. 149-157
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/187627
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Accardi on Quantum Theory and the "Fifth Axiom" of Probability
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Abstract

In this paper we investigate Accardi's claim that the "quantum paradoxes" have their roots in probability theory and that, in particular, they can be evaded by giving up Bayes' rule, concerning the relation between composite and conditional probabilities. We reach the conclusion that, although it may be possible to give up Bayes' rule and define conditional probabilities differently, this contributes nothing to solving the philosophical problems which surround quantum mechanics.

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