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Allen Stairs
University of Maryland, College Park
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    Quantum Logic, Realism, and Value Definiteness.Allen Stairs - 1983 - 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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    Contextuality and Nonlocality in 'No Signaling' Theories.Jeffrey Bub & Allen Stairs - 2009 - 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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  3. Local Realism and Conditional Probability.Allen Stairs & Jeffrey Bub - 2006 - 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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    A Loose and Separate Certainty: Caves, Fuchs and Schack on Quantum Probability One.Allen Stairs - 2011 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 42 (3):158-166.
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    On the Logic of Pairs of Quantum Systems.Allen Stairs - 1983 - Synthese 56 (1):47 - 60.
  6. On Arthur Fine's Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.Allen Stairs - 1979 - Synthese 42 (1):91 - 100.
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    Incompleteness, Nonlocality and Realism: A Prolegomenon to the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics.Allen Stairs & Michael Redhead - 1990 - Philosophical Review 99 (2):275.
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    Correlations, Contextuality and Quantum Logic.Allen Stairs & Jeffrey Bub - 2013 - 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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    Studies in the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. [REVIEW]Allen Stairs - 1982 - Philosophy of Science 49 (3):481-.
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    Sailing Into the Charybdis: Van Fraassen on Bell's Theorem.Allen Stairs - 1984 - Synthese 61 (3):351 - 359.
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    Review Essay: On the Plurality of Worlds. [REVIEW]Allen Stairs - 1988 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 49 (2):333.
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    Quantum Logic and the Luders Rule.Allen Stairs - 1982 - 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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    On Local Realism and Commutativity.Allen Stairs & Jeffrey Bub - 2007 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (4):863-878.
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    Quantum Logic and Quantum Reconstruction.Allen Stairs - 2015 - Foundations of Physics 45 (10):1351-1361.
    Quantum logic understood as a reconstruction program had real successes and genuine limitations. This paper offers a synopsis of both and suggests a way of seeing quantum logic in a larger, still thriving context.
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    Mark Johnston , Saving God: Religion After Idolatry . Reviewed By.Allen Stairs - 2012 - Philosophy in Review 32 (4):285-287.
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    Book Review:Particles and Paradoxes: The Limits of Quantum Logic Peter Gibbins. [REVIEW]Allen Stairs - 1989 - Philosophy of Science 56 (4):712-.
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    Jarrett's Locality Condition and Causal Paradox.Allen Stairs - 1988 - 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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    Probability and Realism in Quantum Mechanics.Allen Stairs - 1984 - Journal of Philosophy 81 (10):578-579.
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    Science, Revolution and Discontinuity.Allen Stairs, Roger Paden & John Krige - 1985 - Philosophical Review 94 (1):120.
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    Review Essay.Allen Stairs - 1991 - Synthese 86 (1):99-122.
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    Bub on Quantum Logic and Continuous Geometry.Allen Stairs - 1985 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36 (3):313-325.
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    Value-Definiteness and Contextualism: Cut and Paste with Hilbert Space.Allen Stairs - 1992 - 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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    Review: Review Essay: On the Plurality of Worlds. [REVIEW]Allen Stairs - 1988 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 49 (2):333 - 352.
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    Basic Issues in the Philosophy of Science, Edited by William Shea. Science History Publications . 215 Pages. [REVIEW]William Demopoulos & Allen Stairs - 1979 - Dialogue 18 (3):421-425.
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    Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics by J. S. Bell. [REVIEW]Allen Stairs - 1989 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 80:157-158.
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    Rosenberg, Rules and Regularities.Allen Stairs - 1979 - Dialogue 18 (3):418-420.
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  27. "On the Plurality of Worlds" by David Lewis. [REVIEW]Allen Stairs - 1988 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 49 (2):333.
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  28. Particles and Paradoxes: The Limits of Quantum Logic. Peter Gibbins.Allen Stairs - 1989 - Philosophy of Science 56 (4):712-714.
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  29. Probability and Realism in Quantum Mechanics.Allen Stairs - 1984 - Journal of Philosophy 81 (10):578.
  30. Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics. J. S. Bell.Allen Stairs - 1989 - Isis 80 (1):157-158.
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