Identical Quantum Particles as Distinguishable Objects

@article{Dieks2019IdenticalQP,
  title={Identical Quantum Particles as Distinguishable Objects},
  author={Dennis Dieks and Andrea Lubberdink},
  journal={Journal for General Philosophy of Science},
  year={2019},
  pages={1-16}
}
According to classical physics particles are basic building blocks of the world. These classical particles are distinguishable objects, individuated by unique combinations of physical properties. By contrast, in quantum mechanics the received view is that particles of the same kind (“identical particles”) are physically indistinguishable from each other and lack identity. This doctrine rests on the quantum mechanical (anti)symmetrization postulates together with the “factorist” assumption that… 
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