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How to Move an Electromagnetic Field?

Gomori, Marton and Szabo, Laszlo E. (2014) How to Move an Electromagnetic Field? [Preprint]

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The special relativity principle presupposes that the states of the physical system concerned can be meaningfully characterized, at least locally, as such in which the system is at rest or in motion with some velocity relative to an arbitrary frame of reference. In the first part of the paper we show that electrodynamic systems, in general, do not satisfy this condition. In the second part of the paper we argue that exatly the same condition serves as a necessary condition for the persistence of an extended physical object. As a consequence, we argue, electromagnetic field strengths cannot be the individuating properties of electromagnetic field---contrary to the standard realistic interpretation of CED. In other words, CED is ontologically incomplete.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gomori, Martongomorim@gmail.com
Szabo, Laszlo E.leszabo@phil.elte.hu
Keywords: relativity principle covariance Maxwell--Lorentz motion persistence extended physical object classical electrodynamics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Prof. Laszlo E. Szabo
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2014 14:24
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 14:24
Item ID: 10755
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 15 June 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10755

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