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Logical Aspects of Quantum (Non-)Individuality

Krause, Décio (2009) Logical Aspects of Quantum (Non-)Individuality. [Preprint]

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    In this paper I consider some logical and mathematical aspects of the discussion of the identity and individuality of quantum entities. I shall point out that for some aspects of the discussion, the logical basis cannot be put aside; on the contrary, it leads us to unavoidable conclusions which may have consequences in how we articulate certain concepts related to quantum theory. Behind the discussion, there is a general argument which suggests the possibility of a metaphysics of non-individuals, based on a reasonable interpretation of quantum basic entities. I close the paper with a suggestion that consists in emphasizing that quanta should be referred to by the cardinalities of the collections to which they belong, for which an adequate mathematical framework seems to be possible.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: individuality in quantum physics, relational indiscernibility, non-individuals
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Décio Krause
    Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4375
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4375

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