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Are 'Particles' in Quantum Mechanics "Just a Way of Talking"?

de Ronde, Christian and Fernández Mouján, Raimundo (2021) Are 'Particles' in Quantum Mechanics "Just a Way of Talking"? [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this work we discuss the widespread use and application of the notion of 'particle' within the standard understanding of quantum mechanics, trying to prove how it is not just an innocent and unproblematic “way of talking”, as it is often claimed, but the expression of an atomist metaphysics that represents rather a way of perceiving and thinking that inadvertently determines our understanding of the mathematical formalism and the experimental content of quantum mechanics. We show how the retention of atomist concepts, especially due to Bohr’s work, appears not only as an epistemological obstacle but furthermore as an efficient factory of false problems and misleading intuitions that have concentrated the attention of researchers for some time. Revisiting again Heisenberg’s matrix mechanics, we discuss if it would be possible to advance beyond the substantialist account of QM going back to the operational-invariance of intensive quantities.


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Item Type: Preprint
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de Ronde, Christiancderonde@gmail.com
Fernández Mouján, Raimundoraifer86@gmail.com
Keywords: Quantum Individuality, Atomism, Matrix Mechanics, Bohr's Atomic Model
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Mr. Raimundo Fernández Mouján
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2021 01:07
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2021 01:07
Item ID: 19968
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: November 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19968

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