Entities, Identity and the Formal Structure of Quantum Mechanics

Por • 20 mar, 2012 • Sección: Crítica

Christian de Ronde, Graciela Domenech, Federico Holik, Hector Freytes

Abstract: The concept of individuality in quantum mechanics shows radical differences from the one used in classical physics. In particular, it is not possible to consider the fundamental particles described by quantum theory as individual distinguishable objects. In this paper we present arguments in favor of quantum non-individuality, which -in addition to those based on quantum statistics- relate to the Kochen-Specker theorem and the principle of superposition. Then, we analyze the possibility of referring to ‘possible individuals’ instead of ‘actual individuals’, and show that the Modal-Kochen-Specker theorem precludes this interpretational move.


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