EPSA15 Selected Papers

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European Studies in Philosophy of Science, ISSN: 2365-4228, Vol: 5, Page: 153-166

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9783319537290, 9783319537306
Michela Massimi, Jan-Willem Romeijn, Gerhard Schurz
Springer Nature, Springer
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The paper proposes a combined account of identity for physical states and direct empirical significance for symmetries according to which symmetry-related state variables designate distinct physical states if and only if the symmetry that relates them has direct empirical significance. Strengthening an earlier result, I show that, given this combined account, the local gauge symmetries in our leading contemporary theories of particle physics do not have any direct empirical significance.

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