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Particles in a Quantum Ontology of Properties

Lombardi, Olimpia and Dieks, Dennis (2014) Particles in a Quantum Ontology of Properties. [Preprint]

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We propose a new quantum ontology, in which properties are the fundamental building blocks. In this property ontology physical systems are defined as bundles of type-properties (specified by algebras of observables in a Hilbert space). Not all elements of such bundles are associated with definite case-properties, and this accommodates the Kochen and Specker theorem and contextuality. Moreover, we do not attribute an identity to the type-properties, which gives rise to a novel form of the bundle theory. There are no “particles” in the sense of classical individuals in this ontology, although the behavior of such individuals is mimicked in some circumstances. This picture leads in a natural way to the symmetrization postulates for systems of many “identical particles”.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lombardi, Olimpiaolimpiafilo@arnet.com.ar
Dieks, Dennisd.dieks@uu.nl0000-0003-4755-3430
Additional Information: To be published in: "Metaphysics in Contemporary Physics", edited by Tomasz Bigaj and Christian Wüthrich, Poznan Studies 104, 2016
Keywords: Quantum particles, properties, quantum ontology, identical particles, fermions, bosons
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Dennis Dieks
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2016 14:40
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2016 14:40
Item ID: 12314
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 20 March 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12314

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