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  1. Allen Stairs & Jeffrey Bub (2013). Correlations, Contextuality and Quantum Logic. Journal of Philosophical Logic 42 (3):483-499.
    Quantum theory is a probabilistic theory that embodies notoriously striking correlations, stronger than any that classical theories allow but not as strong as those of hypothetical ‘super-quantum’ theories. This raises the question ‘Why the quantum?’—whether there is a handful of principles that account for the character of quantum probability. We ask what quantum-logical notions correspond to this investigation. This project isn’t meant to compete with the many beautiful results that information-theoretic approaches have yielded but rather aims to complement that work.
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  2. Allen Stairs (2012). Mark Johnston , Saving God: Religion After Idolatry . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (4):285-287.
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  3. Allen Stairs (2011). A Loose and Separate Certainty: Caves, Fuchs and Schack on Quantum Probability One. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 42 (3):158-166.
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  4. Jeffrey Bub & Allen Stairs (2009). Contextuality and Nonlocality in 'No Signaling' Theories. Foundations of Physics 39 (7):690-711.
    We define a family of ‘no signaling’ bipartite boxes with arbitrary inputs and binary outputs, and with a range of marginal probabilities. The defining correlations are motivated by the Klyachko version of the Kochen-Specker theorem, so we call these boxes Kochen-Specker-Klyachko boxes or, briefly, KS-boxes. The marginals cover a variety of cases, from those that can be simulated classically to the superquantum correlations that saturate the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt inequality, when the KS-box is a generalized PR-box (hence a vertex of the ‘no (...)
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  5. Allen Stairs & Jeffrey Bub (2007). On Local Realism and Commutativity. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 38 (4):863-878.
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  6. Allen Stairs & Jeffrey Bub (2006). Local Realism and Conditional Probability. Foundations of Physics 36 (4):585-601.
    Emilio Santos has argued (Santos, Studies in History and Philosophy of Physics http: //arxiv-org/abs/quant-ph/0410193) that to date, no experiment has provided a loophole-free refutation of Bell’s inequalities. He believes that this provides strong evidence for the principle of local realism, and argues that we should reject this principle only if we have extremely strong evidence. However, recent work by Malley and Fine (Non-commuting observables and local realism, http: //arxiv-org/abs/quant-ph/0505016) appears to suggest that experiments refuting Bell’s inequalities could at most confirm (...)
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  7. Allen Stairs (1992). Value-Definiteness and Contextualism: Cut and Paste with Hilbert Space. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:91 - 103.
    I begin with an appeal to the GHZ/Mermin state to illustrate the allure of contextualism and value-definiteness. I then point out that standard contextualism, with its special status for non-degenerate operators, faces some embarrassing questions. Further, there is an alternative that apparently does not have the same problems. A modest re-pasting of Hilbert space makes the honors almost even between these two varieties. The paper closes with some reflections on the peculiarities of contextualism.
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  8. Allen Stairs (1991). Review Essay. Synthese 86 (1):99-122.
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  9. Allen Stairs (1989). Book Review:Particles and Paradoxes: The Limits of Quantum Logic Peter Gibbins. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 56 (4):712-.
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  10. Allen Stairs (1988). Jarrett's Locality Condition and Causal Paradox. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:318 - 325.
    Jarrett (1984) and Ballentine and Jarrett (1987) have argued that violations of Jarrett's locality condition are strictly forbidden by the theory of relativity. In Ballentine and Jarrett, this claim is supported by an appeal to the fact that superluminal signalling gives rise to causal paradoxes. In this paper, it is argued that if violations of locality are permitted, certain puzzles indeed arise. The result takes the form of a set of apparent "no go" theorems. However, it is argued that the (...)
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  11. Allen Stairs (1988). Review: Review Essay: On the Plurality of Worlds. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 49 (2):333 - 352.
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  12. Allen Stairs (1985). Bub on Quantum Logic and Continuous Geometry. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36 (3):313-325.
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  13. Allen Stairs (1984). Probability and Realism in Quantum Mechanics. Journal of Philosophy 81 (10):578-579.
  14. Allen Stairs (1984). Sailing Into the Charybdis: Van Fraassen on Bell's Theorem. Synthese 61 (3):351 - 359.
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  15. Allen Stairs (1983). On the Logic of Pairs of Quantum Systems. Synthese 56 (1):47 - 60.
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  16. Allen Stairs (1983). Quantum Logic, Realism, and Value Definiteness. Philosophy of Science 50 (4):578-602.
    One of the most interesting programs in the foundations of quantum mechanics is the realist quantum logic approach associated with Putnam, Bub, Demopoulos and Friedman (and which is the focus of my own research.) I believe that realist quantum logic is our best hope for making sense of quantum mechanics, but I have come to suspect that the usual version may not be the correct one. In this paper, I would like to say why and to propose an alternative.
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  17. Allen Stairs (1982). Book Review:Studies in the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics Patrick Suppes. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 49 (3):481-.
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  18. Allen Stairs (1982). Quantum Logic and the Luders Rule. Philosophy of Science 49 (3):422-436.
    In a recent paper, Michael Friedman and Hilary Putnam argued that the Luders rule is ad hoc from the point of view of the Copenhagen interpretation but that it receives a natural explanation within realist quantum logic as a probability conditionalization rule. Geoffrey Hellman maintains that quantum logic cannot give a non-circular explanation of the rule, while Jeffrey Bub argues that the rule is not ad hoc within the Copenhagen interpretation. As I see it, all four are wrong. Given that (...)
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  19. William Demopoulos & Allen Stairs (1979). Basic Issues in the Philosophy of Science, Edited by William Shea. Science History Publications (New York: 1976). 215 Pages. [REVIEW] Dialogue 18 (03):421-425.
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  20. Allen Stairs (1979). On Arthur Fine's Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. Synthese 42 (1):91 - 100.
  21. Allen Stairs (1979). Rosenberg, Rules and Regularities. Dialogue 18 (03):418-420.
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