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Ontology Schmontology? Identity, Individuation and Fock Space

Gordon, Bruce L. (2002) Ontology Schmontology? Identity, Individuation and Fock Space. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    It is argued that if the nature of the "equivalence" between first-quantized particle theories and second- quantized (Fock Space) theories is examined closely, if the inadequacies of de Muynck`s "indexed particle" version of Fock Space are recognized, and if the question is not begged against modal metaphysics, then van Fraassen`s attempted deflation of ontological issues in quantum theory can be seen to fail.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Fields and Particles, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Identity, Individuation, Modal Metaphysics, Quantum Statistics, Fock Space
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Program Committee
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1072
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1072

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