Identical Quantum Particles and Weak Discernibility

Publication Year:
2007
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3208
Author(s):
Dieks, Dennis; Versteegh, Marijn
preprint description
We examine a recent argument that ``identical'' quantum particles with an anti-symmetric state (fermions) are weakly discernible objects, just like irreflexively related ordinary objects in situations with perfect symmetry (Black's spheres, for example). We conclude that the argument uses a silent premise that is not justified in the quantum case.