On Witness-Discernibility of Elementary Particles
First Online: 05 July 2012 Received: 15 December 2011 Accepted: 14 June 2012 DOI:
Cite this article as: Linnebo, Ø. & Muller, F.A. Erkenn (2013) 78: 1133. doi:10.1007/s10670-012-9385-4 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 References
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