Foundations of Physics

, Volume 43, Issue 9, pp 1153–1169 | Cite as

The Scope and Generality of Bell’s Theorem



I present what might seem to be a local, deterministic model of the EPR-Bohm experiment, inspired by recent work by Joy Christian, that appears at first blush to be in tension with Bell-type theorems. I argue that the model ultimately fails to do what a hidden variable theory needs to do, but that it is interesting nonetheless because the way it fails helps clarify the scope and generality of Bell-type theorems. I formulate and prove a minor proposition that makes explicit how Bell-type theorems rule out models of the sort I describe here.


Bell’s theorem Hidden variable theory Joy Christian 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Logic and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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