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Richard Andrew Healey
University of Arizona
Richard Healey
University of Sheffield
  1. Quantum Theory: A Pragmatist Approach.Richard A. Healey - 2012 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 63 (4):729-771.
    While its applications have made quantum theory arguably the most successful theory in physics, its interpretation continues to be the subject of lively debate within the community of physicists and philosophers concerned with conceptual foundations. This situation poses a problem for a pragmatist for whom meaning derives from use. While disputes about how to use quantum theory have arisen from time to time, they have typically been quickly resolved, and consensus reached, within the relevant scientific sub-community. Yet rival accounts of (...)
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  2. Holism and Nonseparability.Richard A. Healey - 1991 - Journal of Philosophy 88 (8):393-421.
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    The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: An Interactive Interpretation.Richard A. Healey - 1989 - Cambridge University Press.
    This is one of the most important books on quantum mechanics to have appeared in recent years. It offers a dramatically new interpretation that resolves puzzles and paradoxes associated with the measurement problem and the behavior of coupled systems. A crucial feature of this interpretation is that a quantum mechanical measurement can be certain to have a particular outcome even when the observed system fails to have the property corresponding to that outcome just prior to the measurement interaction.
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    Holism and Nonseparability.Richard A. Healey - 1991 - Journal of Philosophy 88 (8):393.
  5. Incompleteness, Nonlocality and Realism: A Prolegomenon to the Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics. Michael Redhead.Richard A. Healey - 1991 - Philosophy of Science 58 (3):503-505.
  6. Causation, Robustness, and EPR.Richard A. Healey - 1992 - Philosophy of Science 59 (2):282-292.
    In his recent work, Michael Redhead (1986, 1987, 1989, 1990) has introduced a condition he calls robustness which, he argues, a relation must satisfy in order to be causal. He has used this condition to argue further that EPR-type correlations are neither the result of a direct causal connection between the correlated events, nor the result of a common cause associated with the source of the particle pairs which feature in these events. Andrew Elby (1992) has used this same condition (...)
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    How Many Worlds?Richard A. Healey - 1984 - Noûs 18 (4):591-616.
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    Local Causality, Probability and Explanation.Richard A. Healey - 2016 - In Mary Bell & Shan Gao (eds.), Quantum Nonlocality and Reality: 50 Years of Bell's Theorem. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 172 - 194.
    In papers published in the 25 years following his famous 1964 proof John Bell refined and reformulated his views on locality and causality. Although his formulations of local causality were in terms of probability, he had little to say about that notion. But assumptions about probability are implicit in his arguments and conclusions. Probability does not conform to these assumptions when quantum mechanics is applied to account for the particular correlations Bell argues are locally inexplicable. This account involves no superluminal (...)
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    Realism and the Aim of Science. Karl R. Popper, W. W. Bartley, III.Richard A. Healey - 1983 - Philosophy of Science 50 (4):669-671.
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    Quantum States as Informational Bridges.Richard A. Healey - unknown
    A quantum state represents neither properties of a physical system nor anyone's knowledge of its properties. The important question is not what quantum states represent but how they are used as informational bridges. Knowing about some physical situations, an agent may assign a quantum state to form expectations about other possible physical situations. Quantum states are objective: only expectations based on correct state assignments are generally reliable. If a quantum state represents anything, it is the objective probabilistic relations between its (...)
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    Physicalist Imperialism.Richard A. Healey - 1978 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 79:191-211.
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    Causality and Chance in Relativistic Quantum Field Theories.Richard A. Healey - 2014 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 48 (2):156-167.
    Bell appealed to the theory of relativity in formulating his principle of local causality. But he maintained that quantum field theories do not conform to that principle, even when their field equations are relativistically covariant and their observable algebras satisfy a relativistically motivated microcausality condition. A pragmatist view of quantum theory and an interventionist approach to causation prompt the reevaluation of local causality and microcausality. Local causality cannot be understood as a reasonable requirement on relativistic quantum field theories: it is (...)
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    Studies in the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. Patrick Suppes.Richard A. Healey - 1982 - Isis 73 (1):114-115.