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Non‐Locality in Classical Electrodynamics

Mathias Frisch

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 53, issue 1, pages 1-19
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/53.1.1
Non‐Locality in Classical Electrodynamics

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Classical electrodynamics—if developed consistently, as in Dirac's classical theory of the electron—is causally non‐local. I distinguish two distinct causal locality principles and argue, using Dirac's theory as my main case study, that neither can be reduced to a non‐causal principle of local determinism.

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