On Witness-Discernibility of Elementary Particles

Erkenntnis 78 (5):1133-1142 (2013)

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Øystein Linnebo
University of Oslo
F. A. Muller
Erasmus University Rotterdam
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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DOI 10.1007/s10670-012-9385-4
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