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    Philosophy of Physics: Quantum Theory
    Princeton University Press. 2019.
  •  76
    A Modal Free Lunch
    Foundations of Physics 50 (6): 522-529. 2020.
    The meaning and truth conditions for claims about physical modality and causation have been considered problematic since Hume’s empiricist critique. But the underlying semantic commitments that follow from Hume’s empiricism about ideas have long been abandoned by the philosophical community. Once the consequences of that abandonment are properly appreciated, the problems of physical modality and causal locutions fall away, and can be painlessly solved.
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    On the status of conservation laws in physics: Implications for semiclassical gravity
    with Elias Okon and Daniel Sudarsky
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. forthcoming.
  •  44
    Time Travel and Modern Physics
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 50 169-200. 2002.
    Time travel has been a staple of science fiction. With the advent of general relativity it has been entertained by serious physicists. But, especially in the philosophy literature, there have been arguments that time travel is inherently paradoxical. The most famous paradox is the grandfather paradox: you travel back in time and kill your grandfather, thereby preventing your own existence. To avoid inconsistency some circumstance will have to occur which makes you fail in this attempt to kill yo…Read more
  •  43
    Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement
    Journal of Philosophy 90 (11): 599. 1993.
    This book on the philosophy of science argues for an empiricism, opposed to the tradition of David Hume, in which singular rather than general causal claims are primary; causal laws express facts about singular causes whereas the general causal claims of science are ascriptions of capacities or causal powers, capacities to make things happen. Taking science as measurement, Cartwright argues that capacities are necessary for science and that these can be measured, provided suitable conditions are…Read more
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    Robust versus anemic: comments on Objective Becoming
    Philosophical Studies 175 (7): 1807-1814. 2018.
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    A Rate of Passage
    Manuscrito 40 (1): 75-79. 2017.
    ABSTRACT In “Temporal Passage and the ‘No Alternate Possibilities Argument’”, Jonathan Tallant takes up one objection based on the observation that if time passes at the rate of one second per second there is no other possible rate at which it could pass. The argument rests on the premise that if time passes at some rate then it could have passed at some other rate. Since no alternative rate seems to be coherent, one concludes that time cannot pass at all. The obvious weak point of the NAP is th…Read more
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    The Metaphysics within Physics (review)
    Analysis 69 (2): 374-375. 2009.
    The basic idea of Maudlin's superb book is methodological: ‘metaphysics, insofar as it is concerned with the natural world, can do no better than to reflect on physics. Physical theories provide us with the best handle we have on what there is, and the philosopher's proper task is the interpretation and elucidation of those theories. In particular, when choosing the fundamental posits of one's ontology, one must look to scientific practice rather than to philosophical prejudice’.The apparently d…Read more
  •  173
    The message of the quantum?
    with Martin Daumer, Detlef Duerr, Sheldon Goldstein, Roderich Tumulka, and Nino Zanghi
    We criticize speculations to the effect that quantum mechanics is fundamentally about information. We do this by pointing out how unfounded such speculations in fact are. Our analysis focuses on the dubious claims of this kind recently made by Anton Zeilinger.
  • Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics
    Philosophical Quarterly 47 (186): 118-120. 1997.
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    On the Unification of Physics
    Journal of Philosophy 93 (3): 129-144. 1996.
    There are various senses in which a physical theory may be said to "unify" different forces, with the unification being deeper of more shallow in different cases. This paper discusses some of these distinctions.
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    What could be objective about probabilities?
    Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38 (2): 275-291. 2007.
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    Healey on the aharonov-Bohm effect
    Philosophy of Science 65 (2): 361-368. 1998.
    Richard Healey argues that the Aharonov- Bohm effect demands the recognition of either nonlocal or nonseparable physics in much the way that violations of Bell's inequality do. A careful examination of the effect and the arguments, though, shows that Healey's interpretation of the Aharonov- Bohm effect depends critically on his interpretation of gauge theories, and that the analogy with violations of Bell's inequalities fails
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    The Metaphysics within Physics
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 69 (3): 610-611. 2007.
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    Truth and Paradox
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (3): 696-704. 2006.
    Truth and Paradox largely consists of three connected technical projects together with a more general account of the nature of truth. The first project is the most familiar: providing an account of how logically complex sentences get assigned truth values on the basis of the truth values assigned to the logically atomic sentences. The second is construction of valid, syntactically specifiable inference rules for a language that includes the familiar logical connectives and the truth predicate. T…Read more
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    Bell's Inequality, Information Transmission, and Prism Models
    PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992. 1992.
    Violations of Bell's Inequality can only be reliably produced if some information about the apparatus setting on one wing is available on the other, requiring superluminal information transmission. In this paper I inquire into the minimum amount of information needed to generate quantum statistics for correlated photons. Reflection on informational constraints clarifies the significance of Fine's Prism models, and allows the construction of several models more powerful than Fine's. These models …Read more
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    Replies (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (3): 728-739. 2006.
    Professor Field’s generous comments raise both certain substantial points and opportunities for clarification. I will respond in the order the points appear.
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    This second edition also includes a new author's preface and an additional appendix.
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    Lawrence Sklar: Philosophy of Physics (review)
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (1): 145. 1995.
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    Descrying the World in the Wave Function
    The Monist 80 (1): 3-23. 1997.
    This essay is born of a misunderstanding. When Barry Loewer mentioned to me that he might be interested in an essay on David Bohm’s version or interpretation of quantum theory, he happened also to mention the work of Wilfrid Sellars, which coincidentally was on his mind. I mistakenly understood that what was wanted was an essay connecting Bohm and Sellars. This directed my thoughts down pathways they would not otherwise have taken, and sent me back to some works of Sellars which had lain neglect…Read more
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    It has long been a commonplace that there is a problem understanding the role of time when one tries to quantize the General Theory of Relativity (GTR). In his "Thoroughly Modern McTaggart" (Philosophers' Imprint Vol 2, No. 3), John Earman presents several arguments to the conclusion that there is a problem understanding change and the passage of time in the unadorned GTR, quite apart from quantization. His Young McTaggart argues that according to the GTR, no physical magnitude ever changes. A c…Read more