Title

Bell’s Theorem, Nonseparability and Spacetime Individuation in Quantum Mechanics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Abstract

We first examine Howard's analysis of the Bell factorizability condition in terms of “separability” and “locality” and then consider his claims that the violations of Bell's inequality by the statistical predictions of quantum mechanics should be interpreted in terms of “nonseparability” rather than “nonlocality” and that “nonseparability” implies the failure of spacetime as a principle of individuation for quantum-mechanical systems. We will argue that his argument for the first claim is less than compelling and that any argument for the second claim will be interpretation-dependent and, hence, not generally valid.

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