# Is Quantum Logic Really Logic?

@article{Gardner1971IsQL, title={Is Quantum Logic Really Logic?}, author={Michael Robert Gardner}, journal={Philosophy of Science}, year={1971}, volume={38}, pages={508 - 529} }

Putnam and Finkelstein have proposed the abandonment of distributivity in the logic of quantum theory. This change results from defining the connectives, not truth-functionally, but in terms of a certain empirical ordering of propositions. Putnam has argued that the use of this ordering ("implication") to govern proofs resolves certain paradoxes. But his resolutions are faulty; and in any case, the paradoxes may be resolved with no changes in logic. There is therefore no reason to regard the…

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