It is well known that one of the reasons Einstein criticized quantum mechanics is that it abandons strict causality. However, it is also common knowledge that Einstein was strongly influenced by Hume, who rejected the necessity of a causal connection. Thus Einstein's stance seems internally incongruent. This apparent incoherence is resolved if (1) Einstein changed his mind after constructing the relativity theory or (2) Einstein agreed with Hume concerning space and time, but disagreed concerning causality. In this paper, I argue that both (I) and (2) are false. Nevertheless, I argue that Einstein's attitude is not inconsistent by showing that Hume did not reject the use of causality in science (rather, he considered it essential for science), and that, while Einstein admitted the limits of causality as a concept, he nevertheless believed that physics could not function without it.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1 2016|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- History and Philosophy of Science