Philosophical Studies

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 1–22

Individuality, supervenience and Bell's theorem

  • Steven French

DOI: 10.1007/BF00372716

Cite this article as:
French, S. Philos Stud (1989) 55: 1. doi:10.1007/BF00372716


Some recent work in the philosophy of quantum mechanics has suggested that quantum systems can be thought of as non-separable and therefore non-individual, in some sense, in Bell and E.P.R. type situations. This suggestion is set in the context of previous work regarding the individuality of quantal particles and it is argued that such entities can be considered as individuals if their non-classical statistical correlations are understood in terms of ‘non-supervenient’ relations holding between them. We conclude that such relations are strongly non-supervenient in Cleland's sense and note a possible connection between this idea and the realist quantum logic programme.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven French
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Centre of Logic, Epistemology and History of ScienceState University of CampinasSão PauloBrazil

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