Causal Markov, Robustness and the Quantum Correlations

  • Mauricio SuárezEmail author
  • Iñaki San PedroEmail author
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 347)


It is still a matter of controversy whether the Principle of the Common Cause (PCC) can be used as a basis for sound causal inference. It is thus to be expected that its application to quantum mechanics should be a correspondingly controversial issue. Indeed the early 1990s saw a flurry of papers addressing just this issue in connection with the EPR correlations. Yet, that debate does not seem to have caught up with the most recent literature on causal inference generally, which has moved on to consider the virtues of a generalised PCC-inspired condition, the so-called Causal Markov Condition (CMC). In this paper we argue that the CMC is an appropriate benchmark for debating possible causal explanations of the EPR correlations. But we go on to take issue with some pronouncements on EPR by defenders of the CMC.


Quantum Mechanic Small Disturbance Causal Interpretation Bohmian Mechanic Causal Hypothesis 
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A preliminary draft of this paper was circulated in discussion paper form at the Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences, London School of Economics (M. Suárez and I. San Pedro, “EPR, Robustness and the Causal Markov Condition”, LSE Philosophy Papers PP/04/07, 19 August 2007). We would like to thank all those who offered comments and suggestions, in particular Daniel Steel and Carl Hoefer. Research towards this paper has been funded throughout by research project HUM2005-01787-C01-03 of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. We would like to thank the members of its associated 2005 reading group on causal inference, as well as three anonymous referees for helpful comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Logic and Philosophy of ScienceComplutense University of MadridMadridSpain

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