Bell’s Notion of Local Causality

  • Gábor Hofer-SzabóEmail author
  • Péter Vecsernyés
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)


At the beginning of this Chapter Bell’s different formulations of local causality will be reviewed. Next, we analyze the three key concepts featuring in Bell’s final formulation, namely “local beables”, “shielder-off region”, and “complete specification.” We translate them into the LPT framework and provide a generalized definition of local causality. Finally, we relate shielder-off regions to d-separating sets in a Bayesian network and prove that local primitive causality renders an atomic LPT to be locally causal.


Bell’s local causality Local beables Shielder-off region Complete specification Bayesian networks Atomicity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyResearch Centre for the HumanitiesBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Theoretical PhysicsWigner Research Centre for PhysicsBudapestHungary

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