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Identity in Physics: Statistics and the (Non-)Individuality of Quantum Particles

Morganti, Matteo (2010) Identity in Physics: Statistics and the (Non-)Individuality of Quantum Particles. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper discusses the issue of the identity and individuality (or lack thereof) of quantum mechanical particles. It first reconstructs, on the basis of the extant literature, a general argument in favour of the conclusion that such particles are not individual objects. Then, it critically assesses each one of the argument’s premises. The upshot is that, in fact, there is no compelling reason for believing that quantum particles are not individual objects.


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Morganti, Matteo
Keywords: Identity and Individuality in Quantum Mechanics; Quantum Statistics; Identity of the Indiscernibles; Primitive Identity; Intrinsic/Contextual
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Matteo Morganti
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:19
Item ID: 5205
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5205

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