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  1. Abner Shimony (2009). Bell's Theorem. In Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
     
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  2. Daniel M. Greenberger, Michael A. Horne, Abner Shimony & Anton Zeilenger (1990). Bell's Theorem Without Inequalities. American Journal of Physics 58:1131--1143.
     
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  3. Abner Shimony (1986). Events and Processes in the Quantum World. In Roger Penrose & C. J. Isham (eds.), Quantum Concepts in Space and Time. New York ;Oxford University Press 182--203.
     
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    Abner Shimony (1993). Search for a Naturalistic World View. Cambridge University Press.
    Abner Shimony is one of the most eminent of present-day philosophers of science, whose work has exerted a profound influence in both the philosophy and physics communities. This two-volume 1993 collection of his essays written over a period of forty years explores the interrelations between science and philosophy. Shimony regards the knowing subject as an entity in nature whose faculties must be studied from the points of view of evolutionary biology and empirical psychology. He maintains that the twentieth century is (...)
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  5. Abner Shimony (1993). Search for a Naturalistic Worldview, Volume 2: Natural Science and Metaphysics. Cambridge University Press.
    Table of Contents: Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Integral epistemology; 2. Reality, causality and closing the circle; 3. Search for a world view that can accommodate our knowledge of microphysics; 4. Perception from an evolutionary point of view; 5. Is observation theory-laden? A problem in naturalistic epistemology; 6. Coherence and the axioms of confirmation; 7. An adamite derivation of the principles of the calculus of probability; 8. The status of the principle of maximum entropy; 9. Scientific inference; 10. Reconsiderations on inductive logic; (...)
     
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    Abner Shimony (1999). Can the Fundamental Laws of Nature Be the Results of Evolution? In Jeremy Butterfield & Constantine Pagonis (eds.), From Physics to Philosophy. Cambridge University Press 208--223.
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    Abner Shimony (1955). Coherence and the Axioms of Confirmation. Journal of Symbolic Logic 20 (1):1-28.
  8. Abner Shimony (1978). Metaphysical Problems in the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. International Philosophical Quarterly 18 (1):3-17.
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    Abner Shimony (2005). Comment on Norsen's Defense of Einstein's “Box Argument'. American Journal of Physics 73:177--178.
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    Michael Redhead, Rudolf Carnap & Abner Shimony (1979). Two Essays on Entropy. Philosophical Quarterly 29 (117):364.
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    Abner Shimony (2006). An Analysis of Stapp's “A Bell-Type Theorem Without Hidden Variables”. Foundations of Physics 36 (1):61-72.
    H.P. Stapp has proposed a number of demonstrations of a Bell-type theorem which dispensed with an assumption of hidden variables, but relied only upon locality together with an assumption that experimenters can choose freely which of several incompatible observables to measure. In recent papers his strategy has centered upon counterfactual conditionals. Stapp’s paper in American Journal of Physics, 2004, replies to objections raised against earlier expositions of this strategy and proposes a simplified demonstration. The new demonstration is criticized, several subtleties (...)
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    Abner Shimony & Howard Stein (2003). On Quantum Non-Locality, Special Relativity, and Counterfactual Reasoning. In A. Ashtekar (ed.), Revisiting the Foundations of Relativistic Physics. 499--521.
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    John S. Bell, J. Clauser, M. Horne & A. Shimony (1985). An Exchange on Local Beables. Dialectica 39 (2):85-96.
    Summarya) Bell tries to formulate more explicitly a notion of “local causality”: correlations between physical events in different space‐time regions should be explicable in terms of physical events in the overlap of the backward light cones. It is shown that ordinary relativistic quantum field theory is not locally causal in this sense, and cannot be embedded in a locally causal theory.b) Clauser, Home and Shimony criticize several steps in Bell's argument that any theory of local “beables” is incompatible with quantum (...)
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  14. Abner Shimony (1970). Scientific Inference. In Robert Colodny (ed.), The Nature and Function of Scientific Theories. University of Pittsburgh Press 4.
     
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    Abner Shimony (1984). Contextual Hidden Variables Theories and Bell's Inequalities. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35 (1):25-45.
    Noncontextual hidden variables theories, assigning simultaneous values to all quantum mechanical observables, are inconsistent by theorems of Gleason and others. These theorems do not exclude contextual hidden variables theories, in which a complete state assigns values to physical quantities only relative to contexts. However, any contextual theory obeying a certain factorisability conditions implies one of Bell's Inequalities, thereby precluding complete agreement with quantum mechanical predictions. The present paper distinguishes two kinds of contextual theories, ‘algebraic’ and ‘environmental’, and investigates when factorisability (...)
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    Abner Shimony (1983). Reflections on the Philosophy of Bohr, Heisenberg, and Schrödinger. In R. S. Cohen (ed.), Physics, Philosophy, and Psychoanalysis: Essays in Honor of Adolf Grünbaum. D. Reidel Publishing Company 209--221.
    Many of the pioneers of quantum mechanics — notably Planck, Einstein, Bohr, de Broglie, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Born, Jordan, Lande, Wigner, and London — were seriously concerned with philosophical questions. In each case one can ask a question of psychological and historical interest: was it a philosophical penchant which drew the investigator towards a kind of physics research which is linked to philosophy, or was it rather that the conceptual difficulties of fundamental physics pulled him willy-nilly into the labyrinth of philosophy? (...)
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    W. K. Essler & Abner Shimony (1968). Reviews. [REVIEW] Synthese 18 (1):109-120.
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    Paul Busch & Abner Shimony (1996). Insolubility of the Quantum Measurement Problem for Unsharp Observables. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 27 (4):397-404.
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    Abner Shimony (2005). An Analysis of Ensembles That Are Both Pre- and Post-Selected. Foundations of Physics 35 (2):215-232.
    The idea of ensembles which are both pre- and post-selected was introduced by Aharonov, Bergmann, and Lebowitz and developed by Aharonov and his school. To derive formulae for the probabilities of outcomes of a measurement performed on such an ensemble at a time intermediate between pre-selection and post-selection, the latter group introduces a two-vector formulation of quantum mechanics, one vector propagating in the forward direction in time and one in the backward direction. The formulae which they obtain by this radical (...)
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    Abner Shimony (1985). The Status of the Principle of Maximum Entropy. Synthese 63 (1):35 - 53.
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    Gregg Jaeger & Abner Shimony (1999). An Extremum Principle for a Neutron Diffraction Experiment. Foundations of Physics 29 (3):435-444.
    An extremum principle was postulated by Horne, Finkelstein, Shull, Zeilinger, and Bernstein in order to derive the physically allowable parameters for sinusoidal standing waves governing a neutron in a crystal which is immersed in a strong external magnetic field: “the expectation value of the total potential 〈V〉 is an extremum.” We show that this extremum principle can be obtained from the variational principle used by Schrodinger to derive his nonrelativistic wave equation. We rederive the solutions found by the above-mentioned authors (...)
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    Abner Shimony (1989). The Non-Existence of a Principle of Natural Selection. Biology and Philosophy 4 (3):255-273.
    The theory of natural selection is a rich systematization of biological knowledge without a first principle. When formulations of a proposed principle of natural selection are examined carefully, each is seen to be exhaustively analyzable into a proposition about sources of fitness and a proposition about consequences of fitness. But whenever the fitness of an organic variety is well defined in a given biological situation, its sources are local contingencies together with the background of laws from disciplines other than the (...)
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    Abner Shimony (1971). Filters with Infinitely Many Components. Foundations of Physics 1 (4):325-328.
    With the use of a suitable assumption about the structure of the class of experimental filters, it is shown that the sequence of alternating replicas of two filters is their greatest lower bound, as Jauch suggests. A generalization of his suggestion yields the greatest lower bound of a denumerable set of filters. The criteria of admissibility of filters are briefly discussed.
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    Abner Shimony (2005). Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead (Review). Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 41 (3):714-723.
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    James B. Hartle, K. V. Laurikainen, Henry J. Folse D'Espagnat Paris, Asher Peres, Abner Shimony, Henry Stapp & Stig Stenholm (1994). Symposium on the Foundations of Modern Physics 1994. Foundations of Physics 24 (2).
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    Abner Shimony (1996). A Bayesian Examination of Time-Symmetry in the Process of Measurement. Erkenntnis 45 (2-3):337 - 348.
    We investigate the thesis of Aharonov, Bergmann, and Lebowitz that time-symmetry holds in ensembles defined by both an initial and a final condition, called preand postselected ensembles. We distinguish two senses of time symmetry and show that the first one, concerning forward directed and time reversed measurements, holds if the measurement process is ideal, but fails if the measurement process is non-ideal, i.e., violates Lüders's rule. The second kind of time symmetry, concerning the interchange of initial and final conditions, fails (...)
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    Abner Shimony (1971). Perception From an Evolutionary Point of View. Journal of Philosophy 68 (19):571-583.
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    Abner Shimony (1962). Comments on the Papers of Prof. S. Schiller and Prof. A. Siegel. Synthese 14 (2-3):189 - 192.
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    Daniel Greenberger & Abner Shimony (2003). The Presence of David Mermin. Foundations of Physics 33 (10):1419-1422.
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    Abner Shimony (2003). Four Poems Dedicated to David Mermin. Foundations of Physics 33 (11):1699-1700.
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    Abner Shimony (1992). On Carnap: Reflections of a Metaphysical Student. [REVIEW] Synthese 93 (1-2):261 - 274.
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    Abner Shimony (1991). John Stewart Bell: 1928–1990. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 21 (5):509-512.
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    Abner Shimony (1985). Introduction. Dialectica 39 (2):83-84.
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    Abner Shimony (1990). Desiderata for a Modified Quantum Dynamics. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:49 - 59.
    If quantum mechanics is interpreted as an objective, complete, physical theory, applying to macroscopic as well as microscopic systems, then the linearity of quantum dynamics gives rise to the measurement problem and related problems, which cannot be solved without modifying the dynamics. Eight desiderata are proposed for a reasonable modified theory. They favor a stochastic modification rather than a deterministic non-linear one, but the spontaneous localization theories of Ghirardi et al. and Pearle are criticized. The intermittent fluorescence of a trapped (...)
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    Abner Shimony (1997). Some Historical and Philosophical Reflections on Science and Enlightenment. Philosophy of Science 64 (4):14.
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    Alan Ross Anderson, Monroe Beardsley, Richard Rorty, Abner Shimony, Frederick Sontag & Francis V. Raab (1955). Comments on Harrah's Theses. Review of Metaphysics 9 (1):118 - 124.
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    Joseph Hall, Christopher Kim, Brien McElroy & Abner Shimony (1977). Wave-Packet Reduction as a Medium of Communication. Foundations of Physics 7 (9-10):759-767.
    Using an apparatus in which two scalers register decays from a radioactive source, an observer located near one of the scalers attempted to convey a message to an observer located near the other one by choosing to look or to refrain from looking at his scaler. The results indicate that no message was conveyed. Doubt is thereby thrown upon the hypothesis that the reduction of the wave packet is due to the interaction of the physical apparatus with the psyche of (...)
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    Abner Shimony (1976). Comments on Two Epistemological Theses of Thomas Kuhn. In R. S. Cohen, P. K. Feyerabend & M. Wartofsky (eds.), Essays in Memory of Imre Lakatos. Reidel 569--588.
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    Abner Shimony (1988). An Adamite Derivation of the Calculus of Probability. In J. H. Fetzer (ed.), Probability and Causality. D. Reidel
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    Martin Klein, Abner Shimony & Trevor Pinch (1979). Paradigm Lost? A Review Symposium. Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 70:429-440.
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    Abner Shimony (1992). That There Exists No Greatest Prime. Synthese 92 (3):313 - 314.
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    Abner Shimony (1980). Critique of the Papers of Fine and Suppes. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:572 - 580.
    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 (...)
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    Herbert Feigl, Carl G. Hempel, Richard C. Jeffrey, W. V. Quine, A. Shimony, Yehoshua Bar-Hillel, Herbert G. Bohnert, Robert S. Cohen, Charles Hartshorne, David Kaplan, Charles Morris, Maria Reichenbach & Wolfgang Stegmüller (1970). Homage to Rudolf Carnap. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1970.
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  44. Abner Shimony, R. S. Cohen, Michael Horne & John J. Stachel (1997). Experimental Metaphysics.
     
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    Abner Shimony (1989). Reply to Sober. Biology and Philosophy 4 (3):281-286.
  46. Abner Shimony (2005). Micheal Epperson, Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 41 (3):714-723.
     
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    Abner Shimony (1947). An Ontological Examination of Causation. Review of Metaphysics 1 (1):52 - 68.
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    Abner Shimony (2008). The Concept and Practice of Dialogue in Martin Eger's Philosophy. Philosophical Forum 39 (4):427-438.
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  49. Abner Shimony (1985). Review of Folse (1985). [REVIEW] Physics Today 38:108--109.
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    Abner Shimony (1954). Braithwaite on Scientific Method. Review of Metaphysics 7 (4):644 - 660.
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