Foundations of Physics

, Volume 11, Issue 3–4, pp 205–234 | Cite as

The concepts of influences and of attributes as seen in connection with Bell's theorem

  • B. d'Espagnat


With regard to the notion of cause—or more generally of influence—the various methods of proof of Bell's theorem do not all have the same bearing. The differences between two of these methods are analyzed, with regard to both their conceptual basis and their conclusions. It is shown that both methods give valuable information but, not too surprisingly, the one that is based on the more detailed and specific definition of the concept of influences, and that makes use of the concept of attribute, leads to conclusions that are also to some extent more specific than those following from the other method.


Conceptual Basis Specific Definition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. d'Espagnat
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Particules Elementaires (Laboratoire associé au Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)Université Paris-SudOrsayFrance

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