Miklos Redei – Reichenbach’s Common Cause Principle

Miercuri 30 martie, ora 18:00, amfiteatrul Titu Maiorescu,
Seminarul departamentului de filosofie teoretica il are ca invitat pe
Miklos Redei (Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics)
Reichenbach’s Common Cause Principle

Miklos Redei is associate professor of philosophy at LSE, specialized in foundational and philosophical problems of modern physics, quantum logic, general issues in philosophy of science. His publications include papers in Studies in philosophy of modern physics, Foundations of Physics, Philosophy of science, International Journal of Theoretical physics. He has published two books on quantum logic (Quantum Logic in Algebraic Approach, Fundamental Theories of Physics Vol. 91., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston and London, 1998) and he is the editor of two books on John von Neumann (John von Neumann: Selected Letters, History of Mathematics vol. 27, American Mathematical Society and London Mathematical Society, 2005 and John von Neumann and the Foundations of Quantum Physics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, London, 2001).

Reichenbach’s Common Cause Principle
M. Redei

Reichenbach’s Common Cause Principle is the claim that if two events are probabilistically correlated, then either there is a causal connection between the correlated events that is responsible for the correlation or there is a third event, a (Reichenbachian) common cause which explains the correlation. A probabilistic theory is called causally complete if it complies with the Common Cause Principle. The talk defines causal completeness precisely in terms of classical probability theory, raises the problem under what conditions probabilistic theories can be causally complete and presents results that characterize causal completeness.


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