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Critique of the Papers of Fine and Suppes
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1980, Volume Two: Symposia and Invited Papers (1980), pp. 572-580
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/192611
Page Count: 9
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A combination of methodological considerations and propositions about the causal structure of spacetime provides a reply to Fine's criticisms of the "factorizability requirement" used in several versions of Bell's theorem. His proposal of "action in harmony" is criticized. Experimental tests are proposed for both the "synchronization models" and the "prism models", which Fine has invented as loopholes to Bell's theorem. A theorem of Suppes and Zanotti which purports to show the impossibility of hidden variables is criticized. One of their crucial premisses seems to be justifiable only if one accepts a Parmenidean metaphysics.
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association © 1980 The University of Chicago Press