On Witness-Discernibility of Elementary Particles

Erkenntnis 78 (5):1133-1142 (2013)
Abstract
In the context of discussions about the nature of ‘identical particles’ and the status of Leibniz’s Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles in Quantum Mechanics, a novel kind of physical discernibility has recently been proposed, which we call witness-discernibility. We inquire into how witness-discernibility relates to known kinds of discernibility. Our conclusion will be that for a wide variety of cases, including the intended quantum-mechanical ones, witness-discernibility collapses extensionally to absolute discernibility, that is, to discernibility by properties
Keywords Elementary particles  Quantum mechanics  Discernibility  Leibniz’s principle  Identity
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