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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 39, Issue 7, pp 776–789 | Cite as

Contextuality, Nonlocality and Counterfactual Arguments

  • Gian Carlo Ghirardi
  • Karl Wienand
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Abstract

In this paper, following an elementary line of thought which somewhat differs from the usual one, we prove once more that any deterministic theory predictively equivalent to quantum mechanics unavoidably exhibits a contextual character. The purpose of adopting this perspective is that of paving the way for a critical analysis of the use of counterfactual arguments when dealing with nonlocal physical processes.

Keywords

Nonlocality Contextuality Hidden variable theories Counterfactual arguments 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of TriesteTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly
  3. 3.Istituto Nazionale di Fisica NucleareTriesteItaly

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