Allen Stairs
Professor & Associate Chair
AOS: Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, Philosophy of Religion
Office: 1126 Skinner Building

Allen Stairs (PhD University of Western Ontario) is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Chair the philosophy department. His early work dealt with the role of the Hilbert space structure in the interpretation of quantum mechanics, arguing against certain versions of "quantum logic," but in favor of the idea that something appropriately called "logical structure" has an explanatory role to play in quantum mechanics.

Stairs has argued that quantum entanglement does not call for positing action at a distance, and that the view to the contrary is based on illicit counterfactual inferences. He has also revisted the debate between Kripke and Putnam over quantum logic, sketching a middle way between Kripke's and Putnam's positions. More recently, with Jeffrey Bub he has turned his attention to how quantum models of closed timelike curves might illuminate our understanding of quantum nonlocality.

"Quantum Interactions with Cloed Timelike Curves and Superluminal Signaling," Jeffrey Bub and Allen Stairs, Physical Review A, vol. 89, no. 2, 2014.

"Could logic be empirical? The Putnam-Kripke Debate" forthcoming in Logic & Algebraic Structures in Quantum Computing & Information, Jennifer Chubb Reimann, Valentina Harizanov, and Ali Eskandarian.

"Correlations, contexts and quantum logic," (with Jeffrey Bub) forthcoming in Journal of Philosophical Logic.

"A loose and separate certainty: Caves, Fuchs and Schack on Probability One," Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 2011.

"POVMs and Hidden Variables," Physics Letters A, v. 365 n. 4, June 2007 pp. 268-272.

"On Arthur Fine's solution to the measurement problem" Foundations of Physics Letters, v.5 no. 2 1992.

"Quantum Logic, Realism and Value-Definiteness," Philosophy of Science, December (1983), pp. 578-602.

A Thinker's Guide to Philosophy of Religion Longman publishers, 2007. (Co-authored with Christopher Bernard).