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The Dilemma of Quantum Individuality Beyond Particle Metaphysics

de Ronde, Christian and Fernandez Moujan, Raimundo (2020) The Dilemma of Quantum Individuality Beyond Particle Metaphysics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

It is commonly claimed that quantum mechanics makes reference to a microscopic realm constituted by elementary particles. However, as first famously noticed by Erwin Schrödinger, it is not at all clear what these quantum particles really are. According to the specialized literature, it is not even clear if each of these microscopic entities possess their own identity. Recently, Jonas Arenhart proposed a distinction of quantum objects in terms of a dilemma which forces a choice between their characterization either as individuals or as non-individuals. In this work we attempt to address the (metaphysical) presuppositions involved within Arenhart’s dilemma which ground the question of individuality in QM on a strong presupposition regarding the existence of quantum objects. After providing a reconsideration of the role played by metaphysics within physics we attempt to propose, not only a complete redefinition of the dilemma beyond particle metaphysics, but also a possible realist solution grounded on the provision of a new (non-classical) conceptual framework which seeks to develop an invariant-objective representation of the theory of quanta.


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Item Type: Preprint
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de Ronde, Christiancderonde@gmail.com
Fernandez Moujan, Raimundo
Keywords: Quantum individuality, metaphysics, language, indiscernibility.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Christian de Ronde
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2020 20:20
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2020 20:20
Item ID: 17080
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 15 April 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17080

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