Symmetries and the identity of physicsl states

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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.


Originele taal-2English
TitelEPSA15 Selected Papers
RedacteurenMichela Massimi, Jan-Willem Romeijn, Gerhard Schurz
UitgeverijSpringer
Hoofdstuk13
Pagina's153-165
Aantal pagina's13
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-319-53729-0
DOI's
StatusPublished - 2017

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NaamEuropean Studies in Philosophy of Science
UitgeverijSpringer
Volume5

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